The impact of COVID-19 pandemics on dermatologic surgery: real-life data from the Italian Red-Zone.
Conclusions: While reduced in number, dermatologic surgeries, similarly to other surgical specialties, remained operative to provide oncological and/or life-saving procedures. PMID: 32600085 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
In this study, through a literature review and data collec tion, we focus on the selection and consideration of antitumor treatment strategies for advanced lung cancer during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) epidemic.
The other week, my husband and I were driving home after visiting a beloved family member who is struggling with the excruciating pain and to-the-bone weariness of cancer. As our car lugged down the highway, I thought about the ongoing cruelty of our world: the ravages of disease and war, the current pandemic, the never-ending inhumanity, inequality, and brutality, as well as the general disregard to our earth and the innocent creatures who are clinging to survive on it. (And, yes, I do realize that I’m just as guilty as the masses in spewing out pollution by the simple fact that I drive a car). I held back tears, an...
Authors: Lombe D, Phiri M, Msadabwe S Abstract International travel has largely been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to this situation, Zambia has not been able to import radioactive isotopes for High Dose Rate (HDR) brachytherapy, Iridium 192 (I192) and this has led to suspension of treatment for patients. Cancer of the cervix is the most common cancer in Zambia and brachytherapy is a core component of the treatment armamentarium. Mitigation strategies may include external beam radiotherapy boost or hysterectomy but both systems are overburdened and fragile. PMID: 32728388 [PubMed]
Conclusion: Based on clinician responses, it appears that most practices across India have suffered a fall in patient volumes. The responses from government sectors point towards a bigger hit in this segment of practice. While the management of endometrial cancers and cervical cancers was mostly unchanged, most cases of advanced ovarian cancer received neoadjuvant chemotherapy. Cervical cancer, when managed by chemoradiation, was likely to have altered radiation schedules. PMID: 32728383 [PubMed]
Authors: Mendoza MJL, Tan HNC, Hernandez ARB, Dala BCA, Sacdalan DBL, Sacdalan DL, Cornelio GH, Ignacio JG Abstract COVID-19 has abruptly and radically changed the landscape of cancer care delivery throughout the world, including the Philippines. The Philippine General Hospital is the academic hospital of the University of the Philippines. Its cancer centre is a primary referral centre that takes care of Filipinos-many resource-constrained-that are burdened by malignancy. As the global pandemic challenges healthcare delivery, centres are forced to rethink how to care for their patients. This paper discusses how a n...
Expert consensus guidance issued by ESMO says not to stop/delay cancer treatment that can impact survival and to stop labeling all patients with cancer as being more vulnerable to COVID-19 infectionMedscape Medical News
Conclusion: This study will provide comprehensive evidence for medical staff to adopt effective treatment strategies for breast cancer patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. PROSPERO registration number: CRD42020188208.
(European Society for Medical Oncology) An ESMO interdisciplinary expert consensus paper on how to manage cancer patients during the COVID-19 pandemic has been published today in Annals of Oncology, encouraging medical oncologists worldwide not to discontinue or delay any type of anti-cancer treatment that may potentially impact on overall survival. The experts also urge to stop labelling all cancer patients as vulnerable to coronavirus infection since this may lead to inappropriate care and potential negative outcomes.
In early January 2020, the first documented case of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) appeared in the United States. As the global coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic charged on, we watched various cities, counties, and states within our own country and other countries throughout the world respond to this crisis. Observational information from health care workers on the frontlines, governmental agencies, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and various medical societies often left more questions than answers with respect to wh...
Translational Psychiatry, Published online: 31 July 2020; doi:10.1038/s41398-020-00950-yEpidemiology of mental health problems among patients with cancer during COVID-19 pandemic