Coronavirus pandemic could set cancer researchers back by 18 MONTHS

Coronavirus pandemic could set cancer researchers back by 18 MONTHS in a blow to major advances in fighting the disease Advances in cancer research are likely to be delayed by an average of 17 months Survey of researchers shows the impact that the pandemic has had on their work Those polled said they lost an average of 10 weeks time due to first lockdown

By Eleanor Hayward Health Correspondent For The Daily Mail

Published: 00:01 GMT, 30 November 2020 | Updated: 00:01 GMT, 30 November 2020

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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.

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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]

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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