Hope S. Rugo, MD, FASCO
The need to establish preventive procedures that keep pace with the rapid evolution of coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) presents numerous challenges for the oncology field as institutions adapt standard treatment protocols to minimize the risk for virus spread among clinicians and patients alike.
“The bottom line [is that we need to] protect our patients by cancelling routine visits and imaging, allowing us to take the best care of those who need ongoing treatment,” Rugo said. “We all need to work a little harder, and as efficiently as possible…COVID-19 is the biggest medical issue we have faced in modern times and has impacted all aspects of society around the world.”
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