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Clinicians Discuss Best Approaches for Treating Patients with Cancer During COVID-19 Pandemic

In a paper published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, clinicians advised the best approaches for treating patients who have been diagnosed or are currently under treatment for cancer during the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

The clinicians, from Fox Chase Cancer Center, wrote that, “oncology specialists as well as other providers regularly involved in the diagnosis, active treatment, and longitudinal follow-up of patients with cancer must consider how to 1) balance a delay in cancer diagnosis or treatment against the risk for a potential COVID-19 exposure, 2) mitigate the risks for significant care disruptions associated with social distancing behaviors, and 3) manage the appropriate allocation of limited health care resources in this unprecedented time of health care crisis.”

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