We recognize that this may be a challenging and stressful time, especially if you are a patient managing a serious illness. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, we are committed to doing everything we can to deliver for patients, to keep our staff and their families safe, and to help the communities where we live and work reduce the number of people exposed to the virus. Medical professionals around the world are working tirelessly on the front lines to achieve this and we would like to express our deep gratitude to them. We will continue to keep you informed and are committed to continuing to deliver to you our medicines.
Patients with cancer are disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and this has affected presentation, referral, diagnosis and treatment. Delays across each of these stages are predicted to increase the number of deaths from cancer that could otherwise be avoided. The video below (using UK data) presents this evidence and makes an urgent ‘call to action’ on behalf of patients, for us to work together to increase capacity in cancer care.