. 2020 May;26(5).
doi: 10.1038/s41591-020-0874-8.

Caring for patients with cancer in the COVID-19 era

Joris van de Haar 1 Louisa R Hoes 1 Charlotte E Coles 2 Kenneth Seamon 2 Stefan Fröhling 3 Dirk Jäger 4 Franco Valenza 5 Filippo de Braud 5 Luigi De Petris 6 Jonas Bergh 6 Ingemar Ernberg 7 Benjamin Besse 8 Fabrice Barlesi 8 Elena Garralda 9 Alejandro Piris-Giménez 9 Michael Baumann 3 Giovanni Apolone 10 Jean Charles Soria 8 Josep Tabernero 9 Carlos Caldas 11 Emile E Voest 12 
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The current COVID-19 pandemic challenges oncologists to profoundly re-organize oncological care in order to dramatically reduce hospital visits and admissions and therapy-induced immune-related complications without compromising cancer outcomes. Since COVID-19 is a novel disease, guidance by scientific evidence is often unavailable, and impactful decisions are inevitably made on the basis of expert opinions. Here we report how the seven comprehensive cancer centers of Cancer Core Europe have organized their healthcare systems at an unprecedented scale and pace to make their operations 'pandemic proof'. We identify and discuss many commonalities, but also important local differences, and pinpoint critical research priorities to enable evidence-based remodeling of cancer care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, we discuss how the current situation offers a unique window of opportunity for assessing the effects of de-escalating anticancer regimens, which may fast-forward the development of more-refined and less-toxic treatments. By sharing our joint experiences, we offer a roadmap for proceeding and aim to mobilize the global research community to generate the data that are critically needed to offer the best possible care to patients.

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The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Surgical Management of Breast Cancer: Global Trends and Future Perspectives.
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Sources of Medical Information for Oncology Physicians During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Results From a National Cross-Sectional Survey.
Helen M Parsons, Rachel I Vogel, +4 authors, Jane Yuet Ching Hui.
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