"What Now? Navigating cancer treatment during a possible COVID-19 'second wave'"
Eugene Ahn MD and Linda Carlson PhD, C.Psych
Co-chairs SIO Communications Committee
As business starts to re-open during the COVID-19 pandemic and we watch carefully to make sure an anticipated second wave of cases does not overwhelm our health care systems, many patients with cancer remain confused as to what to do next. Some newly diagnosed patients have been waiting for definitive surgery or systemic therapy until states open up non-essential businesses, but it is our view that during the re-opening we still need to do all we can to protect more vulnerable patients, particularly those who are undergoing cancer treatment. Acknowledging these continued concerns, and to help cancer survivors navigate the COVID-19 pandemic we at SIO wanted to highlight five key recommendations all of which are supported by the Center of Diseases Control (CDC) and/or American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). For a much more comprehensive and detailed list of recommendations based on type of cancer from various professional organizations, we recommend this ASCO link.
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