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COVID-19 amplifies the burden of cancer

 

The stress "just piles on": On the eve of a chemotherapy appointment, Teri Woodhull had blood drawn by nurse Kim Rhode at M Health Fairview's Lab Draw Hub on Wednesday afternoon in Minneapolis. After the blood draw, Rhode secured the port that will be used for chemotherapy.

As COVID-19 deaths peaked this spring, Teri Woodhull faced a tough decision on treatments for cancer - a condition that already makes her more vulnerable to the pandemic.

Woodhull could lower her risk of being exposed to the coronavirus by undergoing chemotherapy every three weeks, rather than weekly. But less-frequent treatments are delivered with a stronger dose, raising the possibility of more severe side effects.

"When you're going through treatment for cancer, it's emotional already," said Woodhull, 57, of Minnetonka, who was diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer in 2010. "When you layer on the stress of not knowing whether the choices you're making might be endangering you even more - it just piles on."

https://www.startribune.com/covid-19-amplifies-the-burden-of-cancer/571827771/

 

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