Study: Lung Cancer Screening Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic
A review found a decline in lung cancer screening, but an overall rise in malignancies since the COVID-19 pandemic. In this study, researchers compared monthly visits for low-dose computed tomography screening for lung cancer during the three months of COVID-19 restrictions. The article appeared in Journal of the American College of Surgeons.
Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Pancreatic Cancer Survival
Vitamin D deficiency prior to cancer treatment is associated with increased inflammation and shorter overall survival in patients with pancreatic cancer. Across all disease stages, vitamin D-deficient patients had the highest median levels of inflammatory biomarkers compared with the other groups. Patients with stage I or II disease and vitamin D deficiency also had a higher hazard ratio for mortality.