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Review of the Impact of COVID-19 First Wave Restrictions on Cancer Care

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Summary: The COVID-19 pandemic led to wide-scale global disruption of cancer care across a broad range of cancers. Sixty-nine studies from 23 countries report changes in the patterns of screenings, diagnoses, waiting lists and treatments for cancer related to restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Fourteen studies report an increase in later-stage cancer presentations. Future restrictions should consider the disruptions to cancer care pathways and plan to prevent the unnecessary harms.

Cite as: Heneghan C, Brassey J, Jefferson T. Review of the Impact of First Wave Restrictions on Cancer Care. Collateral Global.