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COVID-19

As part of the Association for Value-Based Cancer Care’s COVID-19 Impact on Cancer Care and Road to Recovery webcast series, Lillie Shockney, RN, BSN, MAS, HON-ONN-CG, led a panel of experts who reviewed some of the valuable lessons learned, and discussed ongoing challenges that nurses will continue to face as they strive to provide safe and effective care to patients with cancer.
“COVID-19 is more than just the common cold. It represents a perpetual challenge for which we have to be perpetually prepared,” stated Anthony S. Fauci, MD, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), in his keynote lecture at the July 2020 AACR virtual meeting on COVID-19 and cancer. Dr Fauci has been Director of NIAID for 36 years.
During the July 2020 AACR virtual meeting on COVID-19 and cancer, Solange Peters, MD, PhD, European Society for Medical Oncology President, and Head, Medical Oncology Department, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Lausanne, Switzerland, delivered the keynote address, providing an update on the COVID-19 and Cancer Consortium cohort study.
One question on oncologists’ minds recently is whether treatment with immune checkpoint inhibitors in patients with cancer has a negative effect on COVID-19 disease. So far, the data have not shown a deleterious effect, but the definitive answer is unknown.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, oncology nurses have been the cornerstone of healthcare services, whether they are on the front lines offering compassionate care or in a leadership role developing and implementing new policies to promote better patient outcomes.
For decades, healthcare professionals have worked diligently to teach individuals that screening is a valuable tool for preventing and detecting cancer. This has not been an easy mission, and nurses and physicians have had to debunk the myths, bias, and misinformation that deter patients from getting screened annually or according to specific guidelines set forth by organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Cancer Society (ACS).
Oncology nurses and nurse navigators are positioned on the front lines of care, playing an integral role in patients’ battles against cancer.
The COVID-19 pandemic is stretching into its fifth month in the United States, and patient advocacy groups continue to focus on providing the necessary support and services to patients with cancer.
The COVID-19 pandemic will have far-reaching economic implications in the United States and abroad for the foreseeable future. During this session, Murray Aitken, MBA, Director, IQVIA Institute, presented emerging data regarding some of the ways in which the pandemic is affecting the US economy.
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