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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 15-28

COVID-19 and head and neck cancer treatment

1 Department of Medical Oncology, Tata Memorial Center; Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
2 Homi Bhabha National Institute; Department of Surgical Oncology, Tata Memorial Center, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
3 Department of Radiation Oncology, Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
4 Department of Surgical Oncology, Tata Memorial Center, HBCH and MPMMCC, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Kumar Prabhash
Department of Medical Oncology, Tata Memorial Center, Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai - 400 012, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/CRST.CRST_135_20

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The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is exponentially increasing, as are the risks of COVID-related complications and fatalities. Hence, health-care resources are being allocated for its management. Cancer treatment has taken a back seat in multiple countries due to resource scarcity and the risk of COVID-19-related complications. Head and neck cancer is no different. Probably, by the time COVID-related data get generated specifically for head and neck cancers, either the pandemic will be over, or it will be too late. Hence, there is an urgent need for guidance for head and neck cancer treatment in this situation. In this review article, we have provided evidence-based guidance for selecting the most appropriate therapy in the current pandemic situation.

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