Short Communication

Tweaking of radiation and chemotherapy schedules is the new normal during the COVID-19 crisis: perspective from oncologists at a tertiary care health institute

22 Jan 2021
Sandip Kumar Barik, Sovan Sarang Dhar, Saroj Kumar Das Majumdar, Dillip Kumar Parida

Patients with cancer are at a higher risk of infection with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2 (SARS-COV-2) than the general population. In India, it has become a significant health problem of utmost importance, and India’s Government has issued health advisories. Lockdown brought many unforeseen problems for patients and hospitals, leading to confusion and chaos. The aim of this article is to identify various issues related to our hospital, follow-up, nutrition, treatment and psychosocial issues. Multiple changes were made in the hospital, departmental and treatment policy for cancer patients’ convenience and safety. As India is in the peak of COVID-19, these types of modifications and modifications of treatment schedules will be the ‘New Normal’.