Addressing Oncology Concerns in the United States During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Read this article by Merry Jennifer Markham, MD published in ASCO Daily News.

Dr. MarkhamArticle Highlights

  • Patients with cancer, especially those who are older and who are receiving active cancer treatment, are particularly vulnerable to the more severe form of COVID-19.
  • Telemedicine has evolved as an increasingly important mechanism of providing care to patients who do not need to physically come into the clinic for an appointment.
  • For patients with cancer who are in follow-up after treatment, postponing surveillance visits or conducting these visits by telemedicine may be appropriate.
  • For those patients who require systemic cancer treatment, such as chemotherapy, immunotherapy, or other targeted therapies, the benefit of proceeding with treatment may outweigh the risk.

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