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ASTRO Survey Reports Continued Radiation Therapy Services During Pandemic

The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) recently conducted an online survey of 222 US based, practicing radiation oncologists identified as practice leaders in ASTRO’s member database, finding that 100% of respondents continued to provide radiation therapy services during the early weeks of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.1

Once the threat of COVID-19 became evident, radiation oncology clinics adapted their safety protocols in order to continue caring for patients and protecting staff, including requiring masks for staff (99%) and patients (83%), screening patients at the clinic door (98%), social distancing (98%), increasing clinic sterilization and cleaning (95%), testing staff showing symptoms (93%), screening staff before each shift (91%), and not allowing visitors (90%). However, 69% also reported experiencing limited access to or shortages of…

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