Implications of Telemedicine in Oncology during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Manasi Mahesh Shirke
Safwan Ahmed Shaikh
Amer Harky

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COVID-19, Telemedicine, Tele-oncology, Cancer

Abstract

COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on healthcare systems compromising the care of cancer patients. It has an increased disease burden in the cancer population. As a result, tele-oncology services have become a necessity to reduce the risk of cancer patients being exposed to the deadly pathogen. Several organizations have endorsed the use of tele-oncology and issued guidelines for its use during COVID-19. However, telemedicine in oncology still has shortcomings that can be improved upon. Nevertheless, tele-oncology has great potential to help cancer patients not only during COVID-19 but also become a part of normal care in the future.

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