Metro Detroit surgeon aims to reduce disparity of Black men dying from prostate cancer
DETROIT – Prostate cancer survivor Dr. Isaac Powell has treated thousands of cancer patients and has decades of research experience. He’s working on finding a drug that will fight the genes responsible for a more aggressive form of prostate cancer, particularly in Black men. When it comes to prostate cancer in Black men, the numbers are staggering. There’s also the fear of the diagnosis of prostate cancer, to many men the diagnosis is considered a death sentence. Powell and a team of researchers have identified a profile of genes responsible for a more aggressive prostate cancer.
U-M develops app that calculates risk of delaying cancer treatments during COVID-19
ANN ARBOR As overwhelmed healthcare systems across the country continue to grapple with COVID-19, thousands of cancer patients have had surgeries and other treatments postponed during the health crisis. Drawing on large, national cancer data sets, the OncCOVID app helps assess what risks a patient faces from receiving immediate treatment versus delayed treatment based on their individual characteristics. The app also takes into consideration the impact of COVID-19 on that individuals local community. But each time a cancer patient goes to the hospital to receive care, theyre also putting themselves at higher risk of contracting COVID-19. A series of factors may contribute to the decision by a care provider to recommend delaying or proceeding with cancer treatment, including their capacity to treat local cancer patients safely during the pandemic.