In my most recent post, I shared links to a number of articles and sites that provide information on cancer and coping with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over the last two weeks, much more information has been published on a variety of sites to help inform those of us who are dealing with cancer in this difficult time.
Here are links to several more resources that seem especially helpful, along with a brief description of what’s covered in each.
The Doctor Who Helped Defeat Smallpox Explains What’s Coming
An interview with epidemiologist Larry Brilliant about the crisis, including whether we’re doing the right things now, the likelihood of getting a vaccine and how we’ll know when we’re through this.
Breast Cancer and Breast Care
Coronavirus: Breast Cancer Ask the Expert
A recorded webinar with breast cancer expert Dr. Julie Gralow, Director of Medical Breast Oncology at the University of Washington and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Dr. Gralow answers many key questions that individuals receiving treatment for breast cancer are wondering about, including the risks for cancer patients from COVID-19, and how treatment plans may or may not be adjusted to reduce risk for patients based on the specifics of their individual situations. A written transcript is also available.
Recommendations for Prioritization, Treatment and Triage of Breast Cancer Patients During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Guidelines assembled by a group of surgical, medical and radiation oncologists. The guidelines address surgery, radiation, chemotherapy etc., and suggestions for distinguishing among the most urgent matters, those that can be postponed for a limited time and those that can be postponed longer.
Joint Statement on Breast Screening Exams During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Recommendation of the American Society of Breast Surgeons and the American College of Radiology that “medical facilities postpone all breast screening exams (to include screening mammography, ultrasound, and MRI) effective immediately.”
How Patients with Cancer, and Survivors, Can Manage Stress Through COVID-19 Uncertainty
An interview with Dr. Shelley Johns, a researcher from the Indiana University Comprehensive Cancer Center, on stress management skills and strategies that can be helpful for those experiencing anxiety and stress as a result of the uncertainties during the pandemic.
Clinical Trials During COVID-19
The website Metastatic Trial Talk has pulled together a number of resources that address how cancer clinical trials will be affected during the COVID-19 crisis.
That’s it for now. Take care of yourself, stay home if you can and stay safe!
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