When the pandemic was first declared in mid-March, cancer screening services were temporarily suspended in order to direct resources to COVID-19 patients. As CCSN reported in our cross-national survey this summer, 23 percent of cancer patients, 33 percent of caregivers, and 34 percent of pre-diagnosis patients had a routine cancer screening cancelled or rescheduled because of COVID-19. These services are essential for ensuring that patients
COVID-19 has caused disruptions to virtually every facet of our lives. Radiology practices and medical imaging departments across Canada are facing the challenge of resuming services under the “new normal” with little data or historical precedent. The economic recovery is going to take an indeterminate amount of time, and it is unlikely that there will be new funding made available for healthcare beyond emergency measures.