Coronavirus: Cancer survival rates will fall if coronavirus crisis causes delays to diagnosis and treatment in coming months with tumours becoming ‘inoperable’, warns leading expert

Cancer survival rates will fall if coronavirus crisis causes delays to diagnosis and treatment in coming months with tumours becoming ‘inoperable’, warns leading expert [LINK].

Professor Charles Swanton, Cancer Research UK’s chief clinician, said that the delays may mean that some tumours will grow and become inoperable.

So far 4,313 people in the UK have died from coronavirus and a whopping 41,903 are infected with the disease.

There is some suggestion that surgeries, screenings and diagnoses for early-stage cancers are being delayed by some NHS trusts in England.

Mr Swanton told The Times: ‘If the coronavirus outbreak continues to press resources for months — and it could easily press resources for three to four months — that’s a worrying delay to the critical interventions required to diagnose and intervene in early stage cancers.

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