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RE: How the Coronavirus Disease-2019 May Improve Care: Rethinking Cervical Cancer Prevention

  • Clark, Cheryl R.
  • Haas, Jennifer S.
  • Lemon, Stephenie C.
  • Freund, Karen M.
  • White, Karen Burns.
  • Marotta, Caylin
  • Wint, Amy J.
  • LeClair, Amy M.
  • Lloyd-Travaglini, Christine
  • Xiao, Victoria
  • Casanova, Nicole
  • Battaglia, Tracy A.
Publication Date
Oct 15, 2020
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Feldman and Haas have written a timely piece on the potential to enhance cancer prevention and cancer care delivery in the COVID-19 era. Using cervical cancer prevention as a use case, the commentary describes clinical care provided via virtual platforms and in nontraditional settings, such as the patient’s home, as areas needing creative approaches to ensure care is provided safely and efficiently. As we consider factors that are relevant to delivering effective cancer prevention and cancer care post-COVID, we suggest that addressing social determinants of health, an often forgotten dimension of lived experience, should be prioritized as a strategy to enhance the equity of care provision. Social determinants of health, including food and housing insecurity have been shown to impact outcomes of patients with cancer, through a number of mechanisms including delays and incomplete care.

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