One in seven patients miss cancer surgery during COVID lockdowns – study

With the introduction of lockdowns across the globe, various planned surgeries, including cancer surgery were affected, regardless of the local COVID-19 rates at the time

This issue has been particularly prevalent in lower income countries, with patients at the highest risk of missing their surgery.

The link between lockdowns and delays to surgery and potentially more cancer deaths has been highlighted in a new study by COVIDSurg researchers. The paper argues for major global reorganisation during the recovery from the pandemic to allow surgery to continue safely.

The paper can be viewed here.