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Breast Cancer Disparities and the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Fasano, Genevieve A; Bayard, Solange; Bea, Vivian J.
  • Fasano GA; Department of Surgery, New York Presbyterian - Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, NY USA.
  • Bayard S; Department of Surgery, New York Presbyterian - Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, NY USA.
  • Bea VJ; Department of Surgery, New York Presbyterian - Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, NY USA.
Curr Breast Cancer Rep ; : 1-7, 2022 Aug 30.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-2007279
ABSTRACT
Purpose of Review The COVID-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented challenges on breast cancer patients and health care providers. The impact of the pandemic on preexisting breast cancer disparities remains unknown but is projected to have adverse outcomes. Recent

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Early work has demonstrated that pandemic-related temporary suspensions in breast cancer screening, interruption of clinical trials, and treatment delays have an adverse impact on breast cancer patient outcomes and may worsen disparities.

Summary:

In this review, we highlight existing knowledge regarding breast cancer disparities and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Strategies for mitigating disparities moving forward include targeted research evaluating race-specific outcomes, targeted education for providers regarding breast health disparities, improved access to telehealth, maintenance of patient navigation programs, and patient education regarding the safety and necessity of enrollment in clinical trials.
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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Type of study: Experimental Studies / Prognostic study Language: English Journal: Curr Breast Cancer Rep Year: 2022 Document Type: Article

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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Type of study: Experimental Studies / Prognostic study Language: English Journal: Curr Breast Cancer Rep Year: 2022 Document Type: Article