Will a tumor pandemic come after the COVID-19 pandemic? Head and Neck cancer perspective

Head and Neck Cancer
08/09/2020

Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci. 2020 Aug;24(16):8573-8575. doi: 10.26355/eurrev_202008_22653.

ABSTRACT

The COVID-19 pandemic demands a reassessment of head and neck oncology treatment paradigms by posing several challenges for oncology services, with unprecedented pressure on the regional health care system. Since February 2020 this has severely disrupted health-care services, leading to accumulating clinic caseload and substantial delays for operations. The head and neck cancer services have been faced with the difficult task of managing the balance between infection risk to health-care


providers and the risk of disease progression from prolonged waiting times. Herein, we share our experience in Firenze (Italy) and propose our action plan on the management of head and neck cancer services via multi-institution collaboration.