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BSMO has prepared useful materials to support oncology professionals in their delivery of quality cancer care.
We are facing difficult times for everybody, not in the least for health care providers and cancer patients.
As professional organization, the BSMO wants to update you on the way most of us deal with the crisis. Of course, local hospital rules and regulations from the government have to be followed. In general, in a lot of hospitals, the care for cancer patients goes on.
For clinical trials:
Ongoing trials could be continued, in some oncology departments new patients are still included in running trials. We do not recommend to initiate new trials nowadays. Monitors are not allowed anymore to visit the hospitals.
Sylvie Rottey and BSMO board
The section ‘most recent’ covers the last publications. The section ‘literature’ is an overview of all articles published at this page. All links are dated (this is the date of publication on this page).
29/9/2020 || COVID-19 and cancer – Belgium experience
The BSMO in collaboration with sciensano published this nationwide population based anaysis of patients with COVID-19 and solid cancer in Belgium: In this population-based nationwide cohort study, we observed that hospitalised patients with solid cancer and COVID-19 were older and presented with fewer symptoms/signs and lung imaging alterations compared with patients without cancer. Moreover, hospitalised patients with solid cancer had a 34% higher chance of dying within 30 days of COVID-19 diagnosis compared with patients without cancer. This adverse prognostic effect was more pronounced among patients <60 years and/or those without other comorbidities.
Full information is available at ESMOopen https://esmoopen.bmj.com/content/5/5/e000947
ESMO portal on COVID-19 and cancer
ACSO COVID-19 Patient Care Information
Medscape Novel Coronavirus
Cancer Consortium COVID19 registry
COVID Ready Communication Playbook
COVID-ready communication skills (ENG, NL, FR)
17/04/2020 || ESMO COVID Palliative Care Pathway
09/04/2020 || https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GrzdgbVb2hw
09/04/2020 || Managing cancer during a pandemic
09/04/2020 || Cancer, COVID-19 and the precautionary principle: prioritizing treatment during a global pandemic
06/04/2020 || Coronavirus Outbreak
06/04/2020 || Controversies about COVID-19 and treatment with ICI
04/04/2020 || Recent one page timeline on important literature updates
03/04/2020 || How we treat patients with lung cancer during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic: primum non nocere
02/04/2020 || Viral Spread of SARS-CoV-2, Rationing Resources, “Evidence Fiasco”, & Classical Hematology Chat
31/03/2020 || Guidelines for melanoma treatment during COVID-19 pandemic
30/03/2020 || Cancer care during the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Italy: young oncologists’ perspective
27/03/2020 || A War on Two Fronts: Cancer Care in the Time of COVID-19: overview on cancer care in the time of covid-19
27/03/2020 || OncoAlert Round Table Discussions: The Global COVID19 Experience
27/03/2020 || Letter from MOCA Antwerp
26/03/2020 || Clinical characteristics of COVID-19-infected cancer patients: A retrospective case study in three hospitals within Wuhan, China
26/03/2020 || ICU Management of COVID-19 with Dr. Benjamin Singer
25/03/2020 || The official French guidelines to protect patients with cancer against SARS-CoV-2 infection
25/03/2020 || The Blind Leading the Blind: COVID-19, Cancer, and the Need for More Data
24/03/2020 || Recommendations for breast cancer patients treated at Institut Jules Bordet
23/03/2020 || Cancer care in the time of COVID-19
22/03/2020 || ICU one-pager on COVID-19 (ENG, NL, FR)
19/03/2020 || The Treatment of Patients With Cancer and Containment of COVID-19: Experiences From Italy
18/03/2020 || OncoAlert Round Table The Italian COVID19 Experience
18/03/2020 || Publications coronavirus
18/03/2020 || The impact of coronavirus on oncological care
18/03/2020 || Corona Table (JPEG)
18/03/2020 || Estimating the risks from COVID-19 infection in adults chemotherapy patients
17/03/2020 || Het Corona virus en kanker (allesoverkanker.be)
15/03/2020 || JNCCN Special Feature