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. 2020 May 15;1-6.
doi: 10.1007/s11605-020-04645-z. Online ahead of print.

Caring for Patients With Rectal Cancer During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Caring for Patients With Rectal Cancer During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Kinga B Skowron et al. J Gastrointest Surg. .
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The extraordinary spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has dramatically and rapidly changed the way in which we provide medical care for patients with all diagnoses. Conservation of resources, social distancing, and the risk of poor outcomes in COVID-19-positive cancer patients have forced practitioners and surgeons to completely rethink routine care. The treatment of patients with rectal cancer requires both a multidisciplinary approach and a significant amount of resources. It is therefore imperative to rethink how rectal cancer treatment can be aligned with the current COVID-19 pandemic paradigms. In this review, we discuss evidence-based recommendations to optimize oncological outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Keywords: COVID-19; Coronavirus; Rectal cancer.

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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