"The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) unites and supports the cancer community to reduce the global cancer burden, to promote greater equity, and to ensure that cancer control continues to be a priority in the world health and development agenda."
In light of the coronavirus, questions have been raised on whether to continue or not cancer treatments in some patients, to limit their risks of possible exposure to the infection when they access or travel to hospitals for visits or therapies.
The 2020 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology has been cancelled. Other major scientific meetings have also been postponed or canceled.
The Food and Drug Administration has just issued, even in this challenging period, a tough new tobacco regulation: It has required graphic warnings on cigarette packages.
“There’s not very much data at this point on COVID-19 in smokers, but we do know from reports from China, smokers seem to be over-represented in groups of people who have severe or critical COVID-19,” said J. Taylor Hays, M.D. Director of the Nicotine Dependence center at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
Like many cancer care and support organisations, the American Cancer Society is continuing to serve and protect vulnerable cancer patients amid the coronavirus pandemic.