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ASCO Offers Guidelines to Oncologists on Allocating Resources During COVID-19

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) released new recommendations to aid the oncology community, as difficult decisions around the allocation of scarce health care resources must be made during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. 

“As healthcare institutions make difficult decisions about where and how to deploy their resources during the COVID-19 crisis, they must ensure that allocation approaches don’t unconditionally deny patients with cancer access to resources,” ASCO president Howard A. “Skip” Burris III, MD, FACP, FASCO, said in a press release. “Every person with cancer has inherent worth and dignity. A cancer diagnosis alone should not keep a patient from a fair chance to access potentially life-saving resources, even in a public health crisis.”

The recommendations, which will eventually be published in the Journal of Clinical…

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