44% of breast cancer survivors had care delays in April, survey shows

Nearly half of breast cancer survivors in the U.S. had their care postponed in April as COVID-19 cases rose throughout the nation, a brand-new study programs.

Sixty-three percent of the respondents said they were receiving cancer care, and the average age was 47 years.

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Respondents likewise reported hold-ups in breast reconstruction surgical treatment (66 percent), diagnostic imaging (60 percent) and laboratory testing (50 percent).

The survey consists of responses from 609 breast cancer survivors, collected April 2-27. Survey results were released in the journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment.

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Forty-four percent of respondents reported a delay in care. About 79 percent reported hold-ups in routine follow-up consultations, and 30 percent reported delays in hospital-or clinic-based cancer treatments, including radiation, infusion treatments and surgical tumor removal.