Merry-Jennifer Markham, MD, FACP, FASCO
The worldwide spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) presents unprecedented challenges and uncertainty to the cancer care delivery system. ASCO has been actively monitoring and responding to the pandemic to ensure that accurate information is readily available to clinicians and their patients. Recognizing that this is a rapidly evolving situation, the Society is committed to sharing what is known and acknowledging what is unknown so that the most informed decisions can be made.
To help guide oncology professionals as they deal with the impact of coronavirus on both their patients and staff, ASCO has assembled a compendium of resources to help the oncology community prepare and respond to this crisis. Resources include information about patient care, provider and practice considerations, updates from government agencies, and the latest on ASCO meetings and programs. Clinical oncology information is based on evidence from literature searches, guidance from public health authorities, and input from oncology and infectious disease experts. Information provided by ASCO should not be considered specific treatment recommendations for individual patients, and physicians and patients should discuss all individual cancer care decisions.
ASCO has also developed resources to help patients and their families navigate through these uncertain times. Merry-Jennifer Markham, MD, FACP, FASCO, Chair of ASCO’s Cancer Communications Committee, has written a regularly updated blog on Cancer.Net, ASCO’s patient information website. The blog provides practical guidance to help patients reduce their risk of exposure, better understand COVID-19 symptoms, and locate additional information. ASCO and the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship have also worked together to provide additional information on COVID-19 to patients with cancer and cancer survivors.
View all of ASCO’s resources related to COVID-19.
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