As cancer rates increase, the number of doctors trained to treat cancer patients is declining. A new report by Doximity -- an online networking service for doctors -- says the primary driver is more oncologists are retiring than new ones are being produced.
The shortage will not hit evenly, with cities like Miami, North Port, Florida, and New York City having higher-than-average numbers of oncologists above retirement age, while Houston and Portland are less at risk.
Women with breast cancer may feel the pain especially hard, particularly in cities like Buffalo, New York, and Hartford, Connecticut, which have oncologist shortages and higher rates of breast cancer.
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The first national, universal living donor registry has been launched.
Interested persons will be able to sign up to become living donors, registering saliva samples through at-home matching kits. The effort, coordinated with local transplant networks and the United Network for Organ Sharing, will match donors with potential recipients.
Living donor transplants include kidneys (the most common), liver and -- more rarely -- lung, intestine and pancreas. The registry is expected to go live next spring. The living donor registry is intended to help reduce the current backlog of more than 113,000 on waitlists for an organ.