COVID-19 Impact on Cancer Treatment in Healthcare Industry
The coronavirus pandemic has made an unbelievable effect on global economy system and as well as on daily lives of human beings. The impact on the healthcare sector has been adversely affected too and a huge burden is developed on already pinched healthcare sectors across the globe. Continuous research on coronavirus shows that the COVID-19 pandemic has elevated the psychological distress in both general population and among in high risk population.
Till now, July 2020, it became obvious that the novel strain of coronavirus or COVID -19 has major impact on the healthcare system in United States. The Surgeon General, American College of Surgeons and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services all are stated that the issue of delaying or cancelling of non-essential medical and surgical services to decreases the exposure risk of the virus and conserve resources for the expected large number of infected.
Researcher and oncologists should be curious or terrified because patients suffering from any type of cancer are at higher risk for bad outcomes. This is because of their immunity is very low due to taking cancer treatment and chemotherapy.
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IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON PATIENT MENTAL HEALTH
Due to the people suffering from cancer may feel depressed due to home quarantine effect. Patients are also in fear of getting infected by the virus or they can’t survive if they are infected. There are hundreds and thousands of such patients who needed diagnosis, treatment and care, but are denied or delayed due to obvious reasons.
The whole healthcare system concentrated on diagnosis, treatment, prevention and control of coronavirus infection. Moreover, the healthcare professionals and doctors also want to protect their regular patients from the COVID-19 infection. During pandemic many regular patients are usually miss opportunities for timely check-up, diagnosis and treatment of the cancer. Due to this patient don’t go for the regular check which ultimate effect the treatment as well diagnosis market.
IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON TREATMENT
The requisite to divert resource and healthcare staff to label the pandemic has resulted in the delayed cancer and oncology screening programs for asymptomatic patient population in various countries.
In March 2020, according to the Public Health Wales and Government announces suspension of non-urgent surgical admission, surgical procedures and outpatients’ appointments in order redirect healthcare professionals and resources to support the response to Novel Coronavirus Pandemic. The Government of Welsh has also agreed the recommendation of Public Health Wales to temporarily suspend or delay some the population-based oncology screening programmes. This will affect the breast cancer test, cervical cancer test and bowel cancer screening.
Due to the pandemic surgeries related to the cancer has been delayed because of reduced operation theatres space and ventilator systems in hospitals. Patients on radiotherapy are also affected by the pandemic because short course of radiotherapy can be used to delay surgery in patients like rectal cancer. In cancer radiotherapy has a major role in cancer treatment both as palliative therapy as well as curative therapy.
However, American Society of Radiation Oncology in the USA have issued a guideline related to the radiation therapy, that radiation therapy should be prioritizing for patients with rapidly proliferating tumors, such as head and neck cancers and low prioritizing for patients with less disease symptoms to narrow down the exposure of patients to infection, hypofractionation regimens are also being used.
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