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COVID-19 And Cancer: Implications For Patients

Facing a cancer diagnosis is an enormous challenge under the best of circumstances. When you add in a global pandemic, the physical and mental stressors compound. Medical oncologist Mark Marinella, MD, FACP, from Dayton Physicians Network, provided insights to Premier Health Now about how people with cancer can best take care of themselves during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. Immune System Challenges “For people with cancer, there are both disease-related and treatment-related risks of getting the virus or having more serious complications

 

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New Drug Shows Promising Results For Metastatic Breast Cancer

A new cancer drug called tucatinib (Tukysa) recently was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to slow tumor progression and prolong life in women with metastatic HER2-positive breast cancer.  Oncologist Shamim Jilani, MD, from Dayton Physicians Network describes to Premier Health Now the potential impact of this new drug, saying, “We previously had an unmet need for the group of patients with HER2-positive breast cancer who have brain metastatic disease (cancer that spreads to the brain). There is a substantial

 

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New Study Shows COVID-19 Plus Cancer Equals Higher Death Risk

For people with cancer that is getting worse or spreading, getting COVID-19 makes the chance of dying within a month five times higher, according to data recently presented at a national cancer conference. In addition, the study found that the virus nearly doubled the risk of dying (as compared to the general public), even if the person’s cancer was not spreading. To shed light on these findings for cancer patients, Premier Health Now spoke with medical oncologist/hematologist Satheesh Kathula, MD,

 

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