By Eleanor Hayward Health Correspondent For The Daily Mail
Published: 00:01 GMT, 30 November 2020 | Updated: 00:01 GMT, 30 November 2020
Major advances in cancer research face being delayed by nearly a year and a half due to the pandemic, a study has found.
Lockdown, the closure of laboratories and a shift in research funding from cancer to Covid-19 have hampered efforts in the fight against the disease.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
A survey of 239 researchers by the Institute of Cancer Research in London found that the organisation’s own progress would be pushed back by an average of six months.
When broader effects on charity funding and other factors were taken into account advances into cancer research are likely to be delayed by an average of 17 months.
Lockdown, the closure of laboratories and a shift in research funding from cancer to Covid-19 have hampered efforts in the fight against the disease [File photo]
Those who took part in the survey said they had lost an average of ten weeks of research time due to the first lockdown.
The majority also said that the virus had had an impact on their work with more than a third describing the effect as ‘substantial’.
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