News

AddToAny

Google+ Facebook Twitter Twitter

Diagnosing children’s cancer in the pandemic

A study of cancer in children and young adults in England has found that fewer patients were diagnosed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The research, which was presented at the National Cancer Research Institute Festival, also shows that children who were diagnosed with cancer during the first wave of the pandemic were more likely to have been admitted to intensive care prior to their diagnosis.

These findings suggest COVID-19 has had a detrimental effect on early diagnosis of cancer in children and young people.

The study was presented by Dr Defne Saatci from the University of Oxford.

She said: “Spotting cancer early and starting treatment promptly gives children and young people the best chance of surviving. We already know that the COVID-19 pandemic led to worrying delays in diagnosis and treatment for many adults with cancer, so we wanted to understand how the pandemic affected children’s cancer services.”

During the first wave, the researchers found that 380 patients were diagnosed with a brain tumour, lymphoma, leukaemia, sarcoma or renal tumour.

This is approximately 17% lower than in previous years.

They found that the average time between diagnosis and the start of treatment was slightly shorter during the first COVID-19 wave, but that children were more than twice as likely to be admitted to intensive care before their cancer was diagnosed.

bit.ly/3CgxOPx

Image credit | Shutterstock

Related Articles

A dark winter ahead?

The NHS faces a tough winter. Already under pressure from the backlog of cases that built up during the pandemic, the spectre of a COVID resurgence, along with the usual seasonal flu, threatens to overwhelm services.

Natural killer cells vs. macrophages

New knowledge about naturally acquired malaria immunity may improve vaccines, it is claimed.

A time for reflection

David Wells looks back over his first six months as Chief Executive of the IBMS.

June Almeida: virus imaging pioneer

Beginning her career as a junior hospital technician, Dr June Almeida completed it as a world-renowned virologist whose techniques revolutionised diagnostic electron microscopy. She was also the first person to see a human coronavirus. Here we look back over her life.

Top