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Until now, most people feared a diagnosis with the dreaded “C word”—cancer—owing to its associated physical, emotional, and financial hardships as well as its social stigma. However, the rapid progression of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) from a local issue to a global pandemic has quickly made it a competitor for the spot of the most feared disease, and rightly so, given the intense strain it is placing on us individually and as a society at every level. For me, having been diagnosed with both diseases 4 years apart, COVID-19 has brought back memories of being confronted with my own mortality.
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Shah UA. Cancer and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)—Facing the “C Words”. JAMA Oncol. Published online May 07, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2020.1848
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