Putting off cancer treatments is 'trading deaths' say experts

A "TSUNAMI" of cancer cases lies ahead, as hospitals "trade deaths" by downgrading referrals to concentrate on the coronavirus, experts warn.

Patients with suspected cancer deemed urgent by GPs should be given a two-week wait for a hospital referral to prevent it spreading or becoming untreatable. But many hospital diagnostic services have not properly opened up face-to-face consultations or examinations for these cases, due to fears over spreading coronavirus. It is feared there will be a rise in cancer deaths, as well as those from other conditions, unless coronavirus-related delays on hospital capacity are resolved.

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2020-05-31 15:47
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