Cancer care during and after the pandemic

Cancer care during and after the pandemic | BMJ (editorial) 2020; 370: m2622 | 2nd July 2020

The covid-19 pandemic has had a drastic effect on the entire cancer continuum through interruption, delays, and altered modes of screening, diagnosis, and treatment as well as follow-up and palliative care.

This editorial makes the point that many of the strategies used to manage cancer care during the pandemic, such as remote consultations, are not new, and it is unfortunate that it took a pandemic to accelerate their adoption. It is critical that these innovations are not scaled down without examining their effect on patient outcomes (which may be both positive and negative) and equity of access.

Full editorial: Cancer care during and after the pandemic

Clinical impact of COVID-19 on patients with cancer

Clinical impact of COVID-19 on patients with cancer (CCC19): a cohort study | The Lancet | published 28th May 2020

Data on patients with COVID-19 who have cancer are lacking. In this article, the authors characterise the outcomes of a cohort of patients with cancer and COVID-19 and identify potential prognostic factors for mortality and severe illness.

The research found that among patients with cancer and COVID-19, 30-day all-cause mortality was high and associated with general risk factors and risk factors unique to patients with cancer. Longer follow-up is needed to better understand the effect of COVID-19 on outcomes in patients with cancer, including the ability to continue specific cancer treatments.

Full article: Clinical impact of COVID-19 on patients with cancer

Screening restart: Guidance for safe service provision during Covid-19 pandemic and post pandemic phase

Screening restart: Guidance for safe service provision during Covid-19 pandemic and post pandemic phase | The Society and College of Radiographers | Royal College of Radiologists

The Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR), in collaboration with the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR), has produced this joint guidance to support the restarting of screening services involving imaging during the COVID-19 pandemic. This document offers guidance to members and providers. It supports ‘paused’ or ‘stopped’ services to recommence safely, protecting staff and clients.

The guidance within this document is to inform local policy decisions with regard to the delivering of screening services, to ensure that providers meet government recommendations, while still providing client-centred care within the challenging environments of the COVID-19 pandemic and post pandemic (endemic) stage. All staff should work to the same local policy, to provide a consistent service to clients.

Full document: Screening restart: Guidance for safe service provision during Covid-19 pandemic and post pandemic phase