As hospitals and health care providers across the country continue to mobilize their resources to respond to and contain the COVID-19 outbreak, many cancer patients are worried about how their treatments may be impacted. Some hospitals are having to make difficult decisions, postponing or canceling surgeries and other procedures to make room for an influx of COVID-19 patients. Some cancer patients have already had to adjust to or work around delays in their care. Others worry that their upcoming procedures will be canceled or postponed. To help you navigate the road ahead, Sean Cavanaugh, MD, Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), answers common questions we’ve been fielding from cancer patients around the United States.
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