Operations and postponed consultations, diagnostic delays: for cancer patients, with the second birth “All indicators turn red”, the Cancer League alarmed on Tuesday.
“The inadequacies of care for people with cancer observed during the first hospitalization are repeated during the second, worsening their situation”, underlines the League which has collected numerous testimonies.
“Act without delay”
“My first appointment with my urologist at Hospital X for the management of my prostate cancer (detected in January 2020), scheduled for April, has been postponed to the end of July 2020”, testifies one.
“For a follow-up of stage 4 lung cancer, great difficulties in making appointments for thoraco-abdominal-pelvic scanners and brain MRI (imaging exams), answer from the secretariat: appointments are reserved for patients with Covid … “said another patient.
The League “He asks the public authorities to act without delay, so as not to sacrifice cancer patients during the 2is wave of Covid “, in a press release.
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“The projections shouldn’t be stopped”
“It is not possible to wait for the end of the second wave or for a vaccine to act; screenings should not be interrupted despite imprisonment and all essential examinations should be accessible “, emphasizes Professor Axel Kahn, president of the League Against Cancer.
“It is certain that tens of thousands of cancers will not be detected by the end of the year. Ultimately, this represents thousands of deaths that could have been avoided with early treatment “, He believes.
Public authorities must launch a major communication campaign to reassure patients on the path to care, according to him, and “ above all, throughout the territory, safe places able to guarantee the continuity of diagnoses, treatments and assistance paths for cancer patients, sheltered from the risks of nosocomial Covid “.
The recognized association of public utility invites interested persons to testify on the dedicated forum on its website or by phone (0 800 940 939) or e-mail: [email protected]
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