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Helping People with Cancer adjust to COVID-19

May 10, 2020

For #radonc journal club, we will discuss how people with cancer may need specific attention during the current pandemic.

“Addressing the needs of cancer survivors during the COVID-19 pandemic”


The authors, experts in survivorship care, raise key areas of concern that radiation oncologists should keep in mind as we adjust our clinical practice to COVID-19. Waiting for retrospective data on how patients coped doesn’t make sense. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses can guide decision-making in normal times but would not reflect the realities of coping with cancer in a pandemic. Rather than wait, we can try to implement pandemic-appropriate, patient-centered care now.

Please join us to learn from authors Dr. Saskia Duijts, Dr. Jennifer Jones, Associate Prof. Justin Keogh, Prof. Brad Love, Dr. Maryam Lustberg, Dr. Larissa Nekhlyudov, and Dr. Amye Tevaarwerk.

Our chat will begin 8AM Central Standard Time on Saturday May 16th and carry through into Sunday. During the weekend, we will finish with a “live hour” on 2PM Central Standard Time on Sunday May 17th.  For now, this editorial is free to read and available for download here.

Here are our topic questions:

T1.   What are the main areas of concern in cancer survivorship that radiation oncologists should consider for patient-centered cancer care? 

T2.  From your experience, how has COVID-19 changed the dynamics and priorities of cancer survivorship care?

T3. Restricted access to tests, imaging, and clinical care may have negative effects on people with cancer. What are key domains for negative effects in which radiation oncologists can address patient concerns about limited resources?

T4.  Everyone is learning about tele-health out of necessity. What barriers and opportunities for improvement exist to help patients with remote access?

T5. Any self-care tips you can recommend for people with cancer?

  • Here are the guidelines on how to sign up and participate
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Any suggestions? Leave a comment or tweet us at @Rad_Nation. We look forward to having you join us!

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