April 28, 2020 • 1 Min

Adapting Cancer Medicine Is Key Part of Containing COVID-19

On OncLive, Let’s Win Scientific Advisory Board Chair Dr. Allyson Ocean discussed the risks cancer patients face from treatment and how hospitals are trying to keep cancer patients safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

OncLive: What is being done to reduce the risk of the virus to patients with cancer, especially in New York, which has the highest number of cases in the United States?

Ocean: These are challenging and scary times for patients who are dealing with cancer because they have another battle to fight, in terms of trying to avoid COVID-19. We’re trying to figure out who is most at risk. [For these patients at greatest risk], we’re trying to modify their treatment regimens in a way that will minimize their exposure [to the virus]. By that I mean, we need to minimize the number of patients from coming into the medical facilities, having to travel, having to take transportation, etc. We’re trying to minimize all those patient encounters, where they could potentially get exposed to the virus.

Read the full interview at OncLive.