UAB professor of medicine Dr. Michael Saag says people shouldn't be afraid that the coronavirus is mutating . One of the priorities of the NCI COVID-19 in Cancer Patients Study is to reach rural, medically underserved and minority populations with these trials, which is a goal shared by the O’Neal Cancer Center and its Office of Community Outreach & Engagement. “Leading up to my surgery, I had to go to The Kirklin Clinic a lot. Last March, teams were sent home from spring-break trips in the middle of tournaments and college-golf practice facilities from coast to coast were shut down as COVID became a global pandemic. Because screenings can detect cancer at the beginning of its progression, patients who get screened are able to be diagnosed earlier and, therefore, have the opportunity to begin treatments that can curb, or even cure, their cancer sooner. The man, a staff member at The Kirklin Clinic, welcomed Sutton as she approached the elevators and asked to check her temperature. Welcome to 2020. The UAB School of Medicine condemns racism in all of its forms. Sutton then found a seat between a set of chairs, each of which was occupied solely by a large, green and white sticker that read, “Please leave this seat empty to promote social distancing.” Dozens of other chairs sat empty as well, spread out across the floor like small islands in a sea of brown carpet. “Because of this, we were able to compress years of infrastructure and systems management into a single month so that, now, telemedicine is a fairly standard method of caring for patients who don’t need an in-person test or physical exam.”. This might prompt students to think they can loosen up … UAB Medicine has also implemented strict visitation guidelines for its hospital and clinic locations, limiting the number of visitors who can accompany patients on their visits, and has rearranged all clinic seating so patients and visitors remain at least six feet apart while waiting for their appointments to begin. As she had done more times than she could count, Sutton stepped out of her tan Chevy Tahoe and made her way from the parking deck into The Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital. © 2020 The University of Alabama at Birmingham. “But now, on top of that, I have to be careful that I don’t get COVID-19, so it’s just a lot.”. However, some are now forgoing their treatments and routine cancer screenings out of fear of contracting COVID-19. Visit our Get Tested page to learn more or call 205-975-2819 for an appointment. Request a free subscription to the print edition or a change to your subscription information at go.uab.edu/onealcccmag. For Sutton, the familiar rituals she’d grown accustomed to during her cancer treatment had changed, now replaced with new rituals to defend against a different enemy. “This is one of the reasons why we are taking so many safety precautions in the clinic and the hospital to protect these patients from germs and viruses that can cause things like pneumonia or COVID-19.”. Important updates to UAB's COVID-19 health and safety policies and our mission to help fight COVID-19. The biggest push in this endeavor comes from the NCI COVID-19 in Cancer Patients Study, or NCCAPS, which is a long-term, natural history study of how COVID-19 and its symptoms develop and change in people with cancer. The clinic had become a second home to her before the pandemic began. The University of Alabama System reported minimal increases in positive COVID testing among students on the three campuses this week. Updated Dec 30, 2020; Posted Dec 30, 2020 Chaplain Malcolm Marler, senior director of pastoral care at UAB Hospital, said that only within the past … UAB tested all students who returned to class this fall. Learn more about how COVID-19 affects cancer patients, survivors, scientists and health care providers in the cover story of the Fall 2020 issue of the O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center magazine. O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB. After fishing her trusty cotton face mask from her bag, Marie Sutton carefully pulled the elastic loops over her ears, adjusting the patterned fabric over her mouth and nose, and pumped a dollop of hand sanitizer onto her palm. So, all fall we were kind of seeing this gradual slope, and now we’re on this really scary upswing. Through this project, the O’Neal Cancer Center will serve as the coordinating site for a nationwide consortium of 17 cancer centers in the United States. Both the SARS-CoV-2 and influenza viruses will be circulating in our communities this fall and winter. The check-in kiosks that once lined the walls of the clinic had been replaced with hand sanitizer stations, and a man in a face mask now greeted her from a table near the entrance. Associated Press. WASHINGTON – … We strongly recommend that everyone 6 months of age and older (with rare exceptions) receive the influenza vaccine this fall. The same is true for many people across the country who receive their cancer diagnoses from routine cancer screenings. No decision has been made on reducing elective surgeries despite the fact the hospital is seeing a record number of COVID patients. So UAB is working with nurses to switch roles, like having some go from administrative work to … It was not long before the nurse called Sutton back to complete her blood work, which had become a routine part of her life since she was diagnosed with breast cancer on Jan. 19, 2018. New York Times reports misleading data of COVID-19 cases at UAB in story about colleges/universities – August 26, 2020. Leath says he hopes this study will highlight the factors that are associated with the short- and long-term outcomes of COVID-19, such as a patient’s individual characteristics, including pre-existing comorbidities and cancer type and treatment, among others. Everyone knew my name because I was there all the time. In an editorial published in Science in June, National Cancer Institute Director Ned Sharpless, M.D., explained that this fear of becoming infected with the virus in a clinic, hospital or other health care setting has discouraged many people from getting treatment and preventive care for diseases other than COVID-19. The number of patients hospitalized with COVID at UAB hit an all-time high of 127 this week. “We have done everything to ensure the safest environment possible for our patients, and we are continuously urging patients to talk to their providers and get the care they need,” Sleckman said. He also says that COVID-19 and cancer share many comorbidities that could affect the severity or fatality of the disease in cancer patients who are undergoing treatment. Sutton says she knows that, for many patients who travel from outside of Alabama to UAB for cancer treatment, the potential risk of exposure to COVID-19 is much higher while they are on the road than it is for those who live nearby, especially if those out-of-state patients have compromised immune systems. It is our duty at the University of Alabama System to maintain the academic, operational and financial integrity of our three campuses and the UAB Health System. Number of Covid patients in Shropshire hospitals rising again after fall. Learn more about COVID-19, what UAB is doing to fight it and how you can help. The ongoing Sentinel program tests at random. “One bright spot in the pandemic is that it’s pushed us to support and invest in telemedicine,” Sleckman said. Student course Staff course “There are people who come from surrounding states to get their treatment at UAB because UAB has really great cancer care,” she said. Update Your Information; Dr. Tinsley Randolph Harrison; Letters to Tinsley. Important updates to UAB's COVID-19 health and safety policies and our mission to help fight COVID-19. Do you plan to come to campus at any point during the Fall 2020 semester? ... UAB AND UAB MEDICINE EMPLOYEES ARE EXEMPT FROM ENTRY TESTING. Although cancer patients and survivors face a greater risk of infection, especially those with compromised immune systems, Marie Sutton says that the pandemic has allowed others to “step into our world.”, “Now, perhaps, the world knows what it’s like to be a person who feels vulnerable to disease. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans. Staff and students scheduled to be on campus this winter semester are required to complete a 10-minute online program. Developed in house and launched in fall 2020, the UAB Medicine Transplant app gives referring physicians 24/7 access to the UAB Comprehensive Transplant Institute (CTI) team. For these patients, Sleckman says that public health measures, such as social distancing, hand hygiene and, most importantly, universal use of face masks, are the first line of defense against potentially lethal diseases, COVID-19 or otherwise. Campus. The core of UAB’s framework is to solve problems and make a difference - fighting COVID-19 is no exception. According to the NCI, the findings from NCCAPS could influence how cancer patients with COVID-19 are treated in the future. Led by Baskin and Associate Director for Globalization and Cancer Isabel Scarinci, Ph.D., MPH, the office’s most recent NCI-supported initiative seeks to determine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the continuum of cancer care, from prevention to survivorship. Sutton works as the director of marketing and communication for the UAB Division of Student Affairs, but she is also a patient at the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB. “So now it’s just something that’s added to the list.”. The O’Neal Cancer Center’s Office of Community Outreach & Engagement recently received $75,000 from the Mike & Gillian Goodrich Foundation to support cancer prevention and awareness efforts in the Black Belt, as well as efforts to address other health disparities exacerbated by the pandemic. “In addition, underlying medical problems that impact the cardiovascular or respiratory system – which are often more common in medically underserved individuals, including minorities and those in rural areas – also impact cancer treatments to begin with and, perhaps, accentuate the effects of COVID-19 infections.”. “1,827 a new record.” Dr. Don Williamson, Executive Director of the Alabama Hospital Association said. April 29, 2020 . “A missed diagnosis of cancer now can pose a bigger problem later if it progresses to a later stage, leading to a worse prognosis.”. Maryland-based Altimmune and UAB continue work on a Covid-19 vaccine, that is now starting to show more and more potent responses according to both entities. For the majority of O’Neal Cancer Center patients like Sutton, who are now facing the threat of COVID-19, care can’t stop, global pandemic or not. Our world-renowned researchers, clinicians and care teams are leveraging their expertise and experience each day to make a lasting impact in this pandemic. By Lisa O'Brien Shrewsbury Coronavirus Published: Dec 23, 2020 Last Updated: Dec 23, 2020… MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) -As healthcare workers watch the COVID … Without regular screenings, a lot of these patients might not discover they have cancer until it is too late to effectively treat it. “Now, everything has changed, including certain entrances and exits. Learn more about clinical trials at the O'Neal Cancer Center, how they work, why they're important to cancer and what the Cancer Center is doing to make them more accessible for everyone. UAB hospital … has really been pretty steady,” she said. But Sharpless suggested that the recent pandemic has impeded patients’ access to both screenings and clinical trials, leading to a potential rise in late-stage diagnoses and cancer-related deaths. After scanning her forehead with a no-contact infrared thermometer, he confirmed she did not have a fever. Our world-renowned researchers, clinicians and care teams are leveraging their expertise and experience each day to make a lasting impact in this pandemic. 1,785 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, an increase over the previous record-high of 1,731 reported on Monday. While UAB has a primary plan with a many safety strategies, we are also detailing contingency plans should the current situation improve or worsen. UAB expert warning to Alabamians: COVID cases could double if they don’t ‘rethink Christmas’ Updated Dec 22, 2020; Posted Dec 22, 2020 Dr. Michael Saag is the director of the UAB … As of right now, it’s business as usual at UAB. UAB’s Dr. Sarah Nafziger said she encourages everyone to look at the ingredients in the COVID-19 vaccines to see if you are allergic to anything in it. “Before, I could walk through The Kirklin Clinic with my eyes closed because I was on every floor, every time, every day,” she said. “And now, they realize that we have to do certain things to protect ourselves on a daily basis. “We realize some cancer treatments can safely be delayed, while others simply cannot.”. Sutton admits she was nervous about visiting The Kirklin Clinic during a pandemic, but she trusted her care team at the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center and says she even felt a sense of relief to see the measures that UAB had taken in response to the state’s rising case numbers. UAB leadership continues to monitor the situation and to make data-driven decisions. Copy {copyShortcut} to copy Link copied! Definitions. “But luckily, as soon as I got out of the car, there’s the temperature gun guy, there’s hand sanitizer everywhere, and I’m always booted up with a mask and everything so that I’m protected.”. Sutton rubbed the gel between her hands, making sure to cover her fingers and nails, until they both felt dry, and then she slipped her right arm into a compression sleeve. Once her blood work was done, Sutton made her way back to the parking garage, noting a set of additional temperature check tables and the lines of patients forming behind them. The surgery removed 30 of Sutton’s lymphnodes, requiring her to now wear a compression sleeve to protect her right arm. For patients like Sutton, they represent new weapons in a new fight against a new foe, even if they are accompanied by an all-too-familiar sense of vulnerability. We acknowledge its existence and commit to proactively working to root out inequalities that have existed for far too long. Models from the NCI also suggest that these delays will result in nearly 10,000 excess deaths from breast and colorectal cancers alone over the next 10 years. So far, there have been no spikes in COVID-19 cases on campus. November 20, 2020 For Immediate Release. This story originally ran in the Fall 2020 issue of the O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center magazine. All things considered UAB’s COVID-19 numbers have been low, especially for a student body of this size. It includes quick references to our selection criteria and secure access to patient records, plus contact information for all CTI doctors and surgeons. A 6:30 a.m. wake-up call for a standing Thursday-morning COVID test. Just days into the stoppage, the NCAA canceled all spring championships. Many of these treatments are only available through clinical trials, which offer participants a variety of highly specialized treatments, therapies, drugs, procedures and tests that can go on to become the new standard for cancer care. As a natural history study, NCCAPS isn’t testing a new treatment for COVID-19 or cancer but is, instead, collecting information on cancer patients' medical history, cancer history, cancer treatment, COVID-19 treatment and possible disease management changes in order to learn more about the effects of COVID-19 on people with cancer, as well as the effects of cancer on those with COVID-19. She applied the sticker to her shirt and checked in with a receptionist who directed her to the waiting room from behind a pane of plexiglass. By contrast, 1,422 COVID-19 … Sleckman says that this is why the O'Neal Cancer Center has spent the majority of the pandemic fighting to continue providing patients and the public with safe access to preventive care and cancer treatments, including those that are offered exclusively through clinical trials. UAB Hospital currently has 186 actively confirmed cases of COVID-19 being treated, down from 207 yesterday, which was the first time UAB broke the 200 barrier, she said. Statement from UA System Chancellor Finis St. John. [/embed] [embed] [embed][/embed] Definitions Asymptomatic testing is for individuals who are not presenting symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and is performed to identify cases at early stages to ensure that they isolate themselves to prevent transmission Symptomatic testing is conducted at University Health Services for students presenting with symptoms that are consistent View Magazine . COVID-19 Hospitalizations In Texas Fall But Remain Near Summer Peak December 26, 2020 at 4:04 pm Filed Under: Coronavirus , Covid-19 , COVID-19 Hospitalizations , … Foreword; Chapter 1 - Fighting COVID-19. By Bethany Davis | December 11, 2020 at 6:21 AM CST - Updated December 11 at 7:31 AM . Layoffs: Jobless claims fall but stay high as COVID-19 surges, states and cities impose business constraints. Through UAB eMedicine, patients can easily and securely speak to their care team via a phone or video call initiated by a text message sent to the patient before their scheduled appointment time. Digital Archives. This story originally ran in the Fall 2020 issue of the O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center magazine. “For example, chemotherapy and radiation therapy are used to kill cancer cells, but they can also kill healthy white blood cells, making some of these patients more vulnerable to infections,” Sleckman said. “Given the urgency and how rapidly the COVID-19 pandemic is evolving, we must take advantage of ongoing collaborative efforts to better understand how COVID-19 has impacted cancer prevention and management and to accelerate implementation of strategies based on the needs and wants of different populations in the U.S.,” Scarinci said. You will learn what you need to do to protect yourself, your colleagues, and family from COVID-19. There is a refresher option for staff who previously completed the course in Fall 2020. UAB will always keep the health and safety of our community the top priority and will inform the campus community of changes to plans as quickly as possible. Important updates to UAB's COVID-19 health and safety policies, © 2020 The University of Alabama at Birmingham. It was very different, but I believe that they are good changes.”. This story originally ran in the Fall 2020 issue of the O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center magazine. Are you a UAB or UAB Medicine Employee (not student assistant or federal work study student) ... YOU MUST HAVE A COVID-19 TEST BEFORE COMING TO CAMPUS. Request a free subscription to the print edition or a change to your subscription information at go.uab.edu/onealcccmag. “It’s hard enough to try to make sure that I’m adopting the right safety practices so that I won’t have a recurrence,” Sutton said. “Increasingly, data suggests a negative consequence for cancer patients receiving active anti-cancer-related therapy, which may be differential based on the specific type of treatment,” Leath said. “Instead, we are committed to continuing to develop creative strategies to meet the needs of our medically underserved and vulnerable populations head on.”. Covid and media cuts behind fall in recorded US lightning strike deaths . The seasonal influenza vaccine will not interfere with the body’s ability to fight off COVID-19. 1.1 COVID-19 in Canada; 1.2 Supporting a Strong COVID-19 Response; 1.3 A Team Canada Approach; 1.4 Protecting the Health and Safety of Canadians ; 1.5 Long-term Care; 1.6 Helping Vulnerable Canadians … Both the SARS-CoV-2 virus and influenza virus will be circulating in our communities this fall and winter. COVID-19 can't stop Into the Streets volunteers from safely serving Birmingham community by Shannon Thomason. So just knowing that I would be back in that environment, where it was wall-to-wall with sick people, and knowing the potential of getting COVID-19, that was very nerve-wracking,” she said. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans. Faculty and staff were also checked. 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