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. 2020 Jun;150:102972.
doi: 10.1016/j.critrevonc.2020.102972. Epub 2020 Apr 22.

Cancer Patients and Research During COVID-19 Pandemic: A Systematic Review of Current Evidence

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Cancer Patients and Research During COVID-19 Pandemic: A Systematic Review of Current Evidence

Elissar Moujaess et al. Crit Rev Oncol Hematol. .
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The novel coronavirus, also known as SARS-Cov-2 or COVID-19 has become a worldwide threat and the major healthcare concern of the year 2020. Cancer research was directly affected by the emerging of this disease. According to some Chinese studies, cancer patients are more vulnerable to COVID-19 complications. This observation led many oncologists to change their daily practice in cancer care, without solid evidence and recommendations. Moreover, the COVID-19 manifestations as well as its diagnosis are particular in this special population. In this review paper we expose the challenges of cancer management in the era of SARS-CoV-2, the epidemiological, clinical, pathological and radiological characteristics of the disease in cancer patients and its outcomes on this population. Finally, we focus on strategies that are followed in cancer management with review of national and international guidelines.

Keywords: COVID-19; Cancer patients; Oncology; Research; Systematic review.

Conflict of interest statement

Declaration of Competing Interest The authors confirm that they do not have any conflict of interest.


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PRISMA flow chart of article selection process.
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The percentage of contribution of different countries in the published articles on COVID-19 and cancer.
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Fig. 3
Number of publications on cancer and COVID-19 per week between the 10th of February and the 4th of April 2020.

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