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Running of high patient volume radiation oncology department during COVID-19 crisis in India: our institutional strategy

Radiation Oncology Journal 2020년 38권 2호 p.93 ~ 98
Gupta Manoj, Ahuja Rachit, Gupta Sweety, Joseph Deepa, Pasricha Rajesh, Verma Swati, Pandey Laxman,
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 ( Gupta Manoj ) - All India Institute of Medical Sciences Department of Radiation Oncology
 ( Ahuja Rachit ) - All India Institute of Medical Sciences Department of Radiation Oncology
 ( Gupta Sweety ) - All India Institute of Medical Sciences Department of Radiation Oncology
 ( Joseph Deepa ) - All India Institute of Medical Sciences Department of Radiation Oncology
 ( Pasricha Rajesh ) - All India Institute of Medical Sciences Department of Radiation Oncology
 ( Verma Swati ) - All India Institute of Medical Sciences Department of Radiation Oncology
 ( Pandey Laxman ) - All India Institute of Medical Sciences Department of Radiation Oncology

Abstract


Purpose: Due to COVID 19 pandemic, the treatment of cancer patients has become a dilemma for every oncologist. Cancer patients are at an increased risk of immunosuppression and have a higher risk to acquire any infection. There are individual experiences from some centers regarding the management of cancer patients during such a crisis. So we have developed our institutional strategy to balance between COVID and cancer management.

Materials and Methods: Radiation Oncology departmental meeting was held to prepare a consensus document on Radiotherapy schedules and department functioning during this pandemic.

Results: Strategies were taken in form of following areas were steps need to be taken to decrease risk of infection, categorise treatment on the basis of priority, radiotherapy schedules modification, academic meetings and management of COVID positive patient/personnel in Radiation Oncology department.

Conclusion: We hope to strike the balance in overcoming both the battles and emerge as winners. Stringent long term follow up will be done for assessing the response or any unforeseen treatment related sequelae.

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COVID-19; Malignancy; Radiotherapy; Immunity

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