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Survey: Cancer Patients, Including New Yorkers, Increasingly Face COVID-19 Health Impact

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“The situation is getting worse, not better for cancer patients during this pandemic.” ~ Lisa Lacasse, president of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN).";s:

A new study shows cancer patients and survivors are finding it increasingly challenging to get necessary health care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
87% of respondents to an American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network survey of cancer patients and survivors said the pandemic had affected their health care in some manner, up from 51% in April.

Julie Hart is with the American Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network:

"COVID-19 is impacting their ability to access care, their ability to pay for care, and also this combined medical-financial stress is impacting the mental health of cancer patients."

The survey found of those in active treatment, 79% reported delays to their health care (up from 27%), including 17% of patients who reported delays to their cancer therapy.

The web-based survey was taken by more than 1,200 cancer patients and survivors between April 30 and May 14. This sample provides a margin of error +/- 3% and 96% confidence level.

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