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Cancer Rep (Hoboken) ; 4(2): e1320, 2021 04.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-967725


BACKGROUND: COVID-19 outbreak was declared as a pandemic by the World Health Organization in March 2020. Over the last 3 months, the pandemic has challenged the diagnosis and treatment of all cancer, including rectal cancer. Constraints in resources call for a change in the treatment strategy without compromising efficacy. RECENT FINDINGS: Delivery of shorter treatment schedules for radiotherapy offers advantages like short overall treatment time, improved throughput on the machine, improved compliance and reduced risk of transmission of COVID 19. Other strategies include delaying surgery, reducing the intensity of chemotherapy and adoption of organ preservation approach. CONCLUSION: The curative treatment of rectal cancer should not be hindered during the COVID pandemic, and modifications in the multi-modality treatment will help achieve quality care.

COVID-19/prevention & control , Communicable Disease Control/standards , Pandemics/prevention & control , Radiation Oncology/organization & administration , Rectal Neoplasms/therapy , COVID-19/epidemiology , COVID-19/transmission , Chemoradiotherapy, Adjuvant/methods , Chemoradiotherapy, Adjuvant/standards , Humans , Infectious Disease Transmission, Patient-to-Professional/prevention & control , Neoadjuvant Therapy/methods , Neoadjuvant Therapy/standards , Organ Sparing Treatments/methods , Organ Sparing Treatments/standards , Personal Protective Equipment/standards , Radiation Oncology/methods , Radiation Oncology/standards , Radiotherapy, Adjuvant/methods , Radiotherapy, Adjuvant/standards , Rectal Neoplasms/diagnosis , Telemedicine/methods , Telemedicine/organization & administration , Telemedicine/standards , Time Factors , Time-to-Treatment/standards , Treatment Outcome
J Cancer Res Ther ; 16(3): 638-640, 2020.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-689099


Covid19 has become a major public health problem in India and the rest of the world. The dramatic rise in the incidence of COVID 19 cases has severely challenged our healthcare system and forced us to work with limited infrastructure, resources, and workforce. However, even in this time of adversity, we as oncologists cannot neglect the seriousness of cancer care and the utmost attention it requires for the timely management of our patients. Hence, the Association of Radiation Oncologists of India has come up with an advisory for radiation therapy keeping in mind such aspects.

Betacoronavirus , Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology , Neoplasms/radiotherapy , Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology , Radiation Oncologists , COVID-19 , Humans , India , Pandemics , SARS-CoV-2