US doctors are investigating if COVID is to blame for the spike in cancer

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A slew of alarmed US doctors and scientists are currently investigating whether the COVID-19 virus is to blame for an “unusual pattern” of rare and deadly cancers that have been popping up in the wake of the pandemic.
The group of medical experts banded together to launch research studies and share data after concluding there was compelling evidence among their own patients to suggest a link between COVID and cancer diagnoses, the Washington Post reported.
Patel, who is calling for a national registry to analyze trends, said he has has already collected data from dozens of his own patients showing a possible link between unusual cancers and long COVID.
There are no real-world data or definitive studies yet on whether COVID has actually contributed to a spike in cancer cases.
The US-based doctors, however, are calling on the federal government to prioritize the research — given such answers could affect treatment for cancer patients, as well as management of the disease, over the next several decades.
“We are completely under-investigating this virus,” Douglas C. Wallace, a University of Pennsylvania geneticist and evolutionary biologist, told the outlet.
I don’t think that’s a wise choice.” Wallace is currently probing how and if COVID affects cell energy production and cancer vulnerability.
Meanwhile, alternate studies from the other doctors are sequencing the gene profiles of cancer patients who died of COVID, as well as if the virus can reawaken dormant cancer cells in mice.


Numerous concerned medical professionals and researchers in the United States are presently examining if the COVID-19 virus is responsible for the “unusual pattern” of uncommon and fatal cancers that have been appearing since the pandemic.

After concluding that there was strong evidence among their own patients to suggest a connection between COVID and cancer diagnoses, the group of medical experts came together to initiate research studies and exchange data, as reported by the Washington Post.

The CEO of Carolina Blood and Cancer Care Associates and a South Carolina oncologist, Kashyap Patel, remarked of the surge in cases, “I’ve been in practice for 23 years and have never seen anything like this.”.

Patel, who is advocating for a nationwide registry to examine patterns, claimed to have already gathered information from several of his own patients indicating a potential connection between uncommon malignancies and extended COVID.

The president of the COVID-19 International Research Team, Afshin Beheshti, stated, “Hopefully, we’re wrong.”. Unfortunately, though, everything is pointing in that direction. “.

A cancer biologist by training, Beheshti is one of the people attempting to put the puzzle pieces together. He said that during the pandemic, he saw cases and research demonstrating that COVID was causing widespread inflammation and infection in organs vulnerable to the development of cancer stem cells.

According to him, “the signals seemed to be related to early cancer changes.”.

Currently, there is a lack of conclusive research or real-world data regarding the possibility that COVID-19 has exacerbated the pandemic.

Aggressive cancers have increased since the pandemic began, but some medical experts attribute this trend to disruptions in health care, such as hospitals turning away cancer patients and those who delayed diagnosis due to virus-related anxiety.

The federal government, according to US-based physicians, should give priority to this research because the results could have a significant impact on cancer patient care and management in the coming decades.

“This virus is getting far too little research done on it,” Douglas C. Wallace, an evolutionary biologist and geneticist from the University of Pennsylvania, told the outlet.

“A lot more serious consequences than most people realize will arise from receiving this over and over again in our lifetimes. “.

“It is my opinion that the majority of governments are not interested in considering extended COVID, let alone the combination of long COVID and cancer.”. “Having to deal with COVID was very expensive for them. The long-term effects of the virus are thus not well funded. It isn’t a smart decision, in my opinion. “.

Wallace is presently investigating whether and how COVID impacts the generation of cell energy and the susceptibility of cancer.

The other doctors are conducting parallel studies to determine whether the virus can reawaken dormant cancer cells in mice and to sequence the gene profiles of cancer patients who passed away from COVID.

The study is conducted in response to a recent study that suggested COVID vaccines may have contributed to an increase in “unprecedented” excess deaths in the US and other Western nations during the three years after the pandemic started.

The Netherlands’ Vrije Universiteit researchers discovered that excess mortality has “remained high” since 2020 despite the widespread use of COVID vaccines and a variety of containment strategies after analyzing mortality data from 47 Western nations.

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