The COVID-19 pandemic has led to unprecedented changes in health care delivery worldwide, affecting the way that nearly every medical specialty can safely practice. As with other fields of medicine, oncology has its own challenges in navigating the pandemic. Based on pre-pandemic estimates, 1.8 million new cancer diagnoses would be expected in 2020, equating to approximately 5,000 new cancer diagnoses per day. Evidence thus far suggests that COVID-19 is associated with significantly more complications and a higher risk of death in patients with cancer or with a history of cancer. Furthermore, patients with cancer have also been shown to have a higher COVID-19 infection rate than the general population, suggesting increased susceptibility, potentially due to immunosuppression, comorbidities, or poor health status related to cancer or its treatment. Based on these data, oncology specialists are said to be fighting “a war on two fronts” by balancing the risks of COVID-19 transmission and acquisition with the risks of delayed cancer diagnosis and treatment. This represents an unmet need among oncology practitioners as they navigate this new health care landscape.
Healthcare professionals, including medical oncologists; radiation oncologists; surgical oncologists; surgeons; radiologists; nuclear medicine specialists; nurse practitioners and physician assistants who practice in oncology; and other healthcare providers who manage cancer.
This program is supported by educational grants from Pharmacyclics and Janssen.
This activity is free of charge.
Release Date: September 22, 2020 -- Expiration Date: September 22, 2022
Faculty: Elizabeta Popa, MD
Faculty introduction, disclosures
Treating patients with cancer during COVID-19
o Phone and virtual triage
o Distinguishing between cancer symptoms and COVID-19 symptoms
o Recommendations for positive screens
o Morbidity and mortality of COVID-19 in cancer patients
o Distinguishing between indolent and aggressive disease
o Data surrounding delayed treatment in various cancer types
o Harnessing technology during COVID-19
o Clinical trial and retrospective study data
o Remote monitoring after treatment
o Screening recommendations
o Identifying high risk patients
Summary, conclusions, and best practice recap
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Faculty: Elizabeta Cristina Popa, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine Weill Cornell Medical College, New York Presbyterian Hospital, has no relevant financial disclosures.
Disclosures of Educational Planners: Charles Turck, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP, CEO of ScientiaCME, has no relevant financial disclosures.
Commercial Support Disclosure: This program is supported by educational grants from Pharmacyclics and Janssen.
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