COVID-19: The situation in Brazil

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Published: 16 Apr 2020
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Dr Felipe Ades - Alemão Oswaldo Cruz Hospital , São Paulo, Brazil

Dr Felipe Ades speaks to ecancer about the COVID-19 pandemic in Brazil and how this is impacting cancer care in the country.

Dr Ades raises his concerns for how the pandemic will impact lower-income populations in the country due to disparities between public and private healthcare as well as financial pressure to continue working.

He discusses the complications in treating cancer patients due to the pandemic and his own approach during this time in the absence of formal guidelines.

Dr Ades also speaks about managing the increased levels of stress and anxiety the pandemic is causing for both patients and physicians.

He concludes by stressing the importance of cooperating in order to focus on patient care during this time, particularly when it comes to vulnerable cancer patients.