Life as we know it changed in March 2020 for cancer patients when they were faced with COVID-19. The fear of exposure, the fear of being at risk because of underlying health conditions, and the fear of missing necessary appointments were all real concerns.

Another concern from COVID-19 that OHC is extremely concerned about is people who are delaying treatment, ignoring new or unusual symptoms, and delaying screenings to diagnose cancer in its early stages. A delay could result in cancers diagnosed at a later stage and patients could potentially have less desirable outcomes.

“We understand the anxiety patients are experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but if they don’t receive timely care, resume annual cancer screenings, and seek medical care when symptoms arise, I’m concerned we’ll see more advanced disease. More people may die from cancer who could have been successfully treated,” said D. Randolph Drosick, MD, medical oncologist, hematologist and president of OHC.

“We’re helping patients overcome their fears by following safety protocols established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Ohio Department of Health,” said Dr. Drosick. “Meanwhile, our efforts and focus on leading-edge treatment options have not changed during this pandemic. We continue to bring lifesaving treatments like CAR T-cell therapy, new clinical trials and precision medicine. Yes, we have incredible, ground-breaking advancements in treatments, but it’s always better if we can prevent it or catch it early than treat it later.”

It’s imperative that patients return to taking care of themselves and not ignore any symptoms or unusual changes and seek medical care.

  • Schedule your routine screenings. Prevention and early detection is the best medicine.
  • Talk with your OHC doctor about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Speak with an OHC team member if you have any questions or concerns.