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. 2020 Apr 13;148:194-200.
doi: 10.1016/j.radonc.2020.04.010. Online ahead of print.

Recommendations for the Use of Radiation Therapy in Managing Patients With Gastrointestinal Malignancies in the Era of COVID-19

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Recommendations for the Use of Radiation Therapy in Managing Patients With Gastrointestinal Malignancies in the Era of COVID-19

Leila T Tchelebi et al. Radiother Oncol. .
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Abstract

As of April 6, 2020, there are over 1,200,000 reported cases and 70,000 deaths worldwide due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and these numbers rise exponentially by the day [1]. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the most effective means of minimizing the spread of the virus is through reducing interactions between individuals [2]. We performed a review of the literature, as well as national and international treatment guidelines, seeking data in support of the RADS principle (Remote visits, Avoid radiation, Defer radiation, Shorten radiation) [3] as it applies to gastrointestinal cancers. The purpose of the present work is to guide radiation oncologists managing patients with gastrointestinal cancers during the COVID-19 crisis in order to maintain the safety of our patients, while minimizing the impact of the pandemic on cancer outcomes.

Keywords: COVID-19; Gastrointestinal neoplasms; Pandemic; Radiation oncology.

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