Cancer: diagnostic delays and degraded care
Cancer care centers are trying to adapt to the crisis. “The care centers were inhabited by a double requirement, explains Pr Axel Kahn, President of the National League Against Cancer. Firstly “Minimize the risk of secondary infection for these patients, who are known to have specific frailty, and not make them lose chances” by treating them less effectively on the other hand.
Director of the Institut Curie hospital complex, Pr Pierre Fumoleau agrees that at the start of the epidemic, there were fewer new patients. “But the number of new patients tends to increase.” Consultations as well as certain elective surgeries such as breast reconstruction were postponed. When possible, chemotherapy is done at home, orally, and for others “We increase the doses to further space the cures” ; all chemotherapy patients