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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on human lives and society. The accompanying editorial summarises some of the major effects on cancer patients and impacts on cancer research. These may be mitigated by appropriate responses from governments, research funders, charities, universities, industry and the public. It is already clear that different approaches to management have drastically different outcomes.

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British journal of cancer

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Editor-in-Chief, BJC Editorial Office, British Journal of Cancer, Cancer Research UK, 2 Redman Place London, London, E20 1JQ, UK.