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When the COVID-19 pandemic began, hospitals became overwhelmed. There was a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) and a lack of capacity within emergency departments, which caused a panic amongst medical facilities. Facilities were forced to prioritize patients and cancel appointments that were not urgent. Many doctors’ appointments were switched to tele-visits to limit exposure to the virus and to allow priority to COVID-19 patients. Not only were diagnostic testing and treatments postponed or canceled, but news was published that those who were immunosuppressed need to take extra precautions because the risk of fatality is greater for those with preexisting conditions. The combination of the delay in care and the fear that has been introduced among the people has caused a significant impact on the overall health status of patients. Delayed diagnosis and treatment had led to premature death and progressed disease.
Radiation oncology, delayed treatment, diagnosis, pandemic, immunosuppressed
Medicine and Health Sciences
Fink, Lauren, "The Impact of COVID-19 on Radiation Oncology Treatments" (2020). Medical Imaging Senior Posters. 9.