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The Weekly: COVID-19, lung cancer screening and more

March 27, 2020

The Weekly

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AI program could check blood for signs of lung cancer

AI program could check blood for signs of lung cancer

WEDNESDAY, March 26 (The Guardian)—Scientists have developed an artificial intelligence program that can screen people for lung cancer by analysing their blood for DNA mutations that drive the disease.

The software is experimental and needs to be verified in a clinical trial, but doctors are hopeful that if it proves its worth at scale, it will boost lung cancer screening rates by making the procedure as simple as a routine blood test.

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COVID-19: What you need to know as a cancer patient, survivor or caregiver

The new coronavirus (COVID-19)—what you need to know as a cancer patient, survivor or caregiver

MONDAY, March 23 (Prevent Cancer Foundation)—A new respiratory virus, COVID-19, has been spreading around the world and was officially declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on March 11, 2020.

If you’re a cancer patient, survivor or caregiver, you may be wondering what this means for you. “Social distancing,” the recommended practice to minimize your exposure and slow the spread of the virus, can be particularly difficult when you are dealing with a cancer diagnosis.

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