TURKISH JOURNAL OF ONCOLOGY 2017 , Vol 1 , Num 3
The Effects of COVID-19 Pandemic on the Follow-Up and Treatment Process of Gynecological Cancers and Breast Cancer
Reyhan AYDIN DOĞAN1,Neriman GÜDÜCÜ2
1Department of Midwifery, Karabuk University Faculty of Health Sciences, Karabuk-Turkey
2Department of Midwifery, Istanbul University Cerrahpaşa Faculty of Health Sciences, Istanbul, Turkey
DOI : 10.5505/tjo.2020.2401 The present review was written to describe the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on followup and treatment process of gynecological cancers and breast cancer in accordance with current literature, guidelines from national and international cancer associations. Recommendations were provided based on the consensus conference model. In the follow-up and treatment process of gynecological cancers and breast cancer, there are many factors, such as the clinical course of patient, the possibility of an emergency of the patient, the stage of the cancer and the current status of the chemotherapies. Although opinions in all types of cancer differ among themselves, general beliefs are postponement of non-urgent surgical operations, re-evaluation of chemotherapy processes, postponing appointments for new nonurgent diagnoses, reducing the length of hospital stay of patients in emergency procedures, conducting consultations by telemedicine or telephone, treatment of patients with COVID-19 suspicions after 15 days, planning biopsies or surgeries according to the staging status of cancers and planning conferences as video conferences in cases that require a multidisciplinary approach. Patients diagnosed with cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic should not be lost, followup and treatment should be continued without disruption, patients should be remembered to be in the high-risk group in this process and necessary hygiene measures should be taken in both follow-up and treatment concerning risks and COVID-19 pandemics. Keywords : COVID-19 and breast cancer; COVID-19 and cancer management; COVID-19 and gynecological cancers