Medical delays from COVID-19 led to more advanced cancer cases, say Canadian doctors – GLOBAL

June 9, 2022

Canadian doctors say they are seeing patients with more advanced stages of cancer than usual — a phenomenon they are attributing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Helmut Hollenhorst, senior medical director for Nova Scotia’s cancer care program, says he thinks cancer patients are presenting with more advanced disease due to pandemic-induced missed or delayed medical appointments.

“From my own practice, we see patients with more advanced disease,” Hollenhorst said in a recent interview, referring to the cancer care centre at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax.

“And we’re not alone on this,” he added. “This is all over the country.”

Firm data to prove this trend isn’t yet available, Hollenhorst said, but he said he is hearing anecdotal evidence from his colleagues across Nova Scotia and Canada about a rise in patients with more serious cancer.

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