Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, oncologists have had to balance patients' need for treatment with the risk of contracting the disease, sometimes prompting them to adjust standard treatment and/or rethink its timing. Further complicating the situation, many hospitals have limited surgeries when COVID-19 cases surge and a surgical backlog once cases decrease, requiring tough decisions about the timing of operations.
According to a recent article in Cancer Research, Daniel Spratt, MD, of the University of Michigan School of Medicine in Ann Arbor, and his team developed oncCOVID. The tool—linked to multiple large cancer registries and the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 dashboard—assesses more than 40 factors, including patients' type and stage of cancer, age, preexisting conditions, geographic location, and the potential length of the delay. It then estimates the risk associated with delayed versus immediate treatment. “The motive behind oncCOVID is to integrate this massive amount of data into a quantitative estimate” so that patients can receive personalized care during the pandemic, Spratt explains.
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