SIOG COVID-19 working group report and discussion of ethical issues

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Published: 12 Nov 2020
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Dr Nicolò Battisti - The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK

Dr Nicolò Battisti speaks to ecancer about SIOG COVID-19 working group report and discussion of ethical issues.

He first covers some of the key issues that were discussed under this working group and then he talks about the ethical issues revolving around the treatment of elderly patients.

He says there are some geriatric patients who may look frail but they are capable of receiving the standard robust treatment and then there are some patients where the opposite can be true.

He says quality of life after treatment is important to consider for these patients and decisions should be made accordingly.

He further explains the global policies discussed with WHO in terms of treating geriatric patients across the world, given the current pandemic.