June 14, 2022
Cancer diagnoses have increased significantly because of the pandemic, as screening tests such as mammograms and lung cancer screening programs were disrupted due to lockdowns and many patients missed their annual doctor’s visits. In fact, during March 2020 alone, COVID-19 forced the postponement for lung cancer screening and when screening fully resumed in June 2020, the percentage of people tested who had lung nodules that were suspicious for cancer had increased from 8% before the pandemic to 29%, researchers have found.
Dr. Joe Stilwill, Medical Oncologist at Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at HCA Midwest Health provides advice to cancer patients looking for resources in their healthcare journey. Learn more about getting a second opinion.