The new James Cancer Diagnostic Center is now open at Ohio State, increasing access to timely cancer diagnoses in central Ohio. &ldquo;On the very first day we saw a patient with a suspicious chest X-ray who couldn&rsquo;t schedule a diagnostic test for several weeks due to the impact of COVID-19 on health care,&rdquo; says David Cohn, MD, MBA, the Chief Medical Officer of the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. &ldquo;We saw something in the lungs and lymph nodes, and the patient was immediately scheduled for surgery with our cancer experts at The James.&rdquo; On the second day, a patient with a growing mass in their abdomen called to make an appointment, and was seen immediately. &ldquo;A biopsy was performed that confirmed the tumor was cancerous, and this patient is now being treated by one of our experts,&rdquo; Cohn says. The idea for creating a James Cancer Diagnostic Center had been discussed for some time. Then came the COVID-19 pandemic, which made it harder for people with medical issues, suspicious growths and abnormal blood tests to get diagnoses in their cancers&rsquo; early stages. &ldquo;It went from an idea we were talking about to something we developed, and we literally opened our doors in a couple of weeks,&rdquo; Cohn says. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re so happy we&rsquo;re able to provide this service to our patients, and especially to underserved populations here in central Ohio who have been hit especially hard by COVID-19, and may not have access to top-notch health care.&rdquo; The center offers same-day and next day appointments for patients. Cohn also urged people to reschedule cancer screenings they may have put off these past few months due to COVID-19. &ldquo;A month or two delay for a mammogram, colonoscopy or PAP test isn&rsquo;t a problem, but when that becomes six months or a year, that&rsquo;s an issue,&rdquo; Cohn says, adding that the director of the National Cancer Institute recently said that all these screening delays could result in 10,000 deaths over the next several years. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s safe to get back to health care,&rdquo; Cohn says. &ldquo;We understand more and more about COVID-19, and we do everything we can to keep our patients safe.&rdquo; Call to schedule an appointment with the new James Cancer Diagnostic Center at 614-293-5066. Listen as Cohn provides more details about the James Diagnostic Center on The James Cancer-Free World podcast.