This contingency guide was formulated on the premise that delivering standard treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) has come under strain due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Measures required are likely to vary largely across regions and individual institutions, depending on the level of the strain imposed by the pandemic (e.g., number of inpatients infected with COVID-19 and the availability of resources, including personal protective equipment and inpatient beds). Also, models suggest that second and third waves of COVID-19 will occur before effective vaccines and medicines become widely available in Japan (expected time, 2-3 years). This guide should serve as a good reference for best practices in the management of HCC in light of the possible risk of impending collapse of the healthcare system due to a surge in COVID-19 infections.
Keywords: COVID-19; JAMTT-HCC; hepatocellular carcinoma liver dysfunction.
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