During COVID-19 outbreak, the continuum of cancer care must be ensured. Despite the lack of evidence of a higher COVID infection rate in cancer patients, the risks of any anti-cancer therapy should be carefully assessed case-by-case. A thorough and rapid reorganization of Institutional clinical activity led medical and radiation oncologists to develop alternative strategies to take care of cancer patients, especially due to the reduced surgical activity secondary to the shortage of ICU beds. The needs of cancer patients cannot wait for the end of the pandemic and require physicians’ commitment more than ever. Cancer care is not a choice.
Prof Armando Santoro, Scientific Director at AccMed, Humanitas Cancer Center, IRCCS Clinical Institute Humanitas (Milan – Italy)