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Safeguarding cancer care in a post-COVID-19 world
By The Lancet Oncology 01 May 2020
cancer patients

As the world comes to grips with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, reports are emerging on how cancer care is being deprioritised, delayed, and discontinued. These decisions made under the duress of the pandemic will have grave consequences for cancer mortality for years to come.

The authors of this article discuss the effects the COVID-19 will have on medical cancer care services and call for research into the long-term impact on cancer-related mortality resulting from cancer care decisions being made globally during the COVID-19 pandemic. Moreover, they advocate that pandemic preparedness plans must account for the resources needed to maintain high-quality, evidence-based continuity of care of people with cancer, including workforce and service capacity needs, and a robust referral and diagnostics service.

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