Professor Nicola Cirillo's recent findings were published in JAMA
Recent study led by Professor Nicola Cirillo shows that COVID-19 restrictions have led to an increased delay in the diagnosis of oral cancer. The findings were published in JAMA Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, the world’s top ranked journal in its field.
"Increased Delay in Diagnosis, But Not Treatment, Among Patients With Oral Cancer During the COVID-19 Pandemic" is the title of his article. Delays in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with cancer are associated with poor outcomes. Although essential health care services such as surgical and medical oncology were generally not suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide, mandatory quarantine and other lockdown measures may have led to unintended detrimental effects on early cancer detection and treatment. Recent work has pointed to the fragility of cancer surgery systems globally, with an estimated 1 in 7 patients who were in regions with full lockdowns not undergoing planned surgery or experiencing longer preoperative delays.