Before the world experienced the deadly Covid-19 pandemic, the statistics of lung cancer patients were on a decline. The onset of the pandemic has instilled a threat in the minds of those who have lung cancer. The setback is a consequence of strict guidelines which they had to follow. The strict Covid protocols forced them to stay home if they developed breathing issues and cough. The symptoms have exacerbated in patients have become worse due to the late detection of cancer.
Stats Show Significant Decline In Progress
The stats are discouraging; data shows a reduction of more than 25 percent in lung cancer cases. There was also a significant decrease in the recovery of patients. Experts have said that survival becomes likely in the early detection of the disease in an individual. Unfortunately, the circumstances that have arisen due to Covid don’t help the cause.
The strict quarantine rules and lockdowns have left little scope for lung cancer patients to seek medical help. The restrictions have resulted in a decrease in treatment and an increase in deaths due to the disease. Medical experts have said that the situation of medical progress in lung cancer treatments has gone back decades. The numbers present ominous signs for healthcare professionals and patients.
We Have Gone Back Decades In Lung Cancer Treatment; Says Professor David Baldwin
According to a report in DailyMail, healthcare professionals told politicians belonging to the Health and Social Care Committee about the worse scenario of lung cancer patients. Professor David Baldwin, chair of the Lung Cancer Clinical Expert Group, said that they also informed MPs about the difficulties faced by lung cancer patients while seeking medical help. “It kept the patients at home, so we saw a 69 percent reduction in referrals,” he added.
Professor Baldwin described a situation similar to two decades ago. He said the current situation is pathetic, as it is challenging to carry out effective treatment. He held the late diagnosis of the diseases as a significant factor for these setbacks. The efforts of medical professionals over the past are nullified due to the restrictions of Covid.