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First statement on preparation for the COVID-19 pandemic in large German speaking University-based radiation oncology departments


Combs, Stephanie E; Belka, Claus; Niyazi, Maximilian; Corradini, Stefanie; Pigorsch, Steffi; Wilkens, Jan; Grosu, Anca L; Guckenberger, Matthias; Ganswindt, Ute; Bernhardt, Denise (2020). First statement on preparation for the COVID-19 pandemic in large German speaking University-based radiation oncology departments. Radiation Oncology, 15(1):74.

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging modern radiation oncology. At University Hospitals, we have a mandate to offer high-end treatments to all cancer patients. However, in times of crisis we must learn to prioritize resources, especially personnel. Compromising oncological outcome will blur all statistics, therefore all measures must be taken with great caution. Communication with our neighboring countries, within societies and between departments can help meet the challenge. Here, we report on our learning system and preparation measures to effectively tackle the COVID-19 challenge in University-Based Radiation Oncology Departments.

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging modern radiation oncology. At University Hospitals, we have a mandate to offer high-end treatments to all cancer patients. However, in times of crisis we must learn to prioritize resources, especially personnel. Compromising oncological outcome will blur all statistics, therefore all measures must be taken with great caution. Communication with our neighboring countries, within societies and between departments can help meet the challenge. Here, we report on our learning system and preparation measures to effectively tackle the COVID-19 challenge in University-Based Radiation Oncology Departments.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Radiation Oncology
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Scopus Subject Areas:Health Sciences > Oncology
Health Sciences > Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Imaging
Uncontrolled Keywords:COVID-19 Fractionation Tandem-teams Pandemic Radiotherapy
Language:English
Date:7 April 2020
Deposited On:07 Dec 2020 16:07
Last Modified:01 Jan 2021 21:03
Publisher:BioMed Central
ISSN:1748-717X
OA Status:Gold
Free access at:PubMed ID. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1186/s13014-020-01527-1
PubMed ID:32264908

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