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Practical considerations for treating patients with cancer in the COVID-19 pandemic


Segelov, E and Underhill, C and Prenen, H and Karapetis, C and Jackson, C and Nott, L and Clay, T and Pavlakis, N and Sabesan, S and Heywood, E and Steer, C and Lethborg, C and Gan, HK and Yip, D and Karanth, N and Karikios, D and MacIntyre, CR, Practical considerations for treating patients with cancer in the COVID-19 pandemic, JCO Oncology Practice, 16, (8) pp. 1-18. ISSN 2688-1527 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2020 American Society of Clinical Oncology. All rights reserved.

DOI: doi:10.1200/OP.20.00229


Cancer has become a prevalent disease, affecting millions of new patients globally each year. The COVID-19 pandemic is having far-reaching impacts around the world, causing substantial disruptions to health and health care systems that are likely to last for a prolonged period. Early data have suggested that having cancer is a significant risk factor for mortality from severe COVID-19. A diverse group of medical oncologists met to formulate detailed practical advice on systemic anticancer treatments during this crisis. In the context of broad principles, issues including risks of treatment, principles of prioritizing resources, treatment of elderly patients, and psychosocial impact are discussed. Detailed treatment advice and options are given at a tumor stream level. We must maintain care for patients with cancer as best we can and recognize that COVID-19 poses a significant competing risk for death that changes conventional treatment paradigms.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:cancer treatment, COVID, public health
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Public health
Research Field:Preventative health care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Health education and promotion
UTAS Author:Lethborg, C (Dr Carolyn Lethborg)
ID Code:153717
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:39
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2022-10-04
Last Modified:2022-11-16

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