November 12, 2020
Lung Cancer Diagnosis Decline During COVID-19
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The US has seen a significant disruption in cancer care and diagnosis due to COVID-19, including an alarming decline in lung cancer diagnoses. Despite relatively stable diagnosis rates for 13 months before the pandemic, recent data show an average ~49% decline in the number of lung cancer diagnoses across states most severely impacted by COVID-19. Moreover, diagnoses in NY as of May 2020 have declined by 55% compared to the pre-COVID baseline timeframe of January 2019 through February 2020.
As physicians, you know that this decline does not mean that fewer people are developing lung cancer, but rather that more people are facing significant delays in treatment, or worse, going completely undiagnosed – which may lead to poorer outcomes as treatment options are more limited for advanced stages of disease. As a result of the decline in diagnoses, an increase of excess cancer deaths is predicted over the next decade due to missed screenings, delays in diagnosis, and reductions in oncology care caused by the pandemic.
Despite the risks and challenges associated with COVID-19, it remains important for people to stay connected with their health care providers, especially those who are at increased risk for developing lung cancer.
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. If you would like to promote lung cancer screening awareness to your patients, please feel free to use the the toolkit and infographic available in NYACP's Practice Management Tools. If we all share the importance of lung cancer screenings with our patients, we can improve diagnoses throughout NY!
This is based on information licensed from IQVIA Oncology Real World Insights for the period of January 2019 to May 2020 reflecting estimates of real-world activity. All rights reserved. Study details and information maintained by AstraZenaca.
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What Members Are Saying
Responses to Recent Questions from NYACP
On COVID-19 Vaccine distribution in NY and physician participation in NYSIIS:
Background: New York State is working on a plan to distribute COVID-19 vaccines when they become available. It is anticipated that eligibility to distribute the vaccine will require a physician to be a registered user of the NYS Immunization Information System (NYSIIS).
Why is it important? To inform conversations related to COVID-19 vaccine distribution.
On a Call for Speakers for NYACP’s 2021 Annual Meeting:
When we asked Members for suggested speakers and topics for the 2021 Annual Meeting, Members responded:
Thank you to everyone who responded to these calls for feedback. Your input is invaluable to us!
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Wednesday, November 18, 2020
3:00–4:00 p.m. ET