Ensuring safety and sustainability of radiotherapy services during the COVID-19 pandemic in resources constrain country: An Indonesian experience

Radiother Oncol. 2020 Sep;150:57-60. doi: 10.1016/j.radonc.2020.05.044. Epub 2020 Jun 6.

Abstract

The global COVID-19 pandemic has placed a significant burden on the healthcare sector, overwhelming health services in affected countries worldwide. As healthcare facilities reorganize their services to adapt to this challenging problem, it is important that the sustainability of essential oncology services, including radiotherapy, is maintained. This article describes the Indonesian experience in ensuring sustainability of radiotherapy services during the pandemic, highlighting various important adjustments which were made to allow radiotherapy centers nationwide to continue operating while protecting staff and patients from the risk of disease transmission. As the backlog of patients waiting to start treatment will inevitably grow, some insight on how to proactively manage this issue will also be described.

Keywords: Adjustment; COVID-19 pandemic; Crisis; Radiotherapy; Sustainability.

Publication types

  • Editorial