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The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Oncology Care and Clinical Trials

Version 1 : Received: 17 October 2021 / Approved: 21 October 2021 / Online: 21 October 2021 (12:45:12 CEST)

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Ali, J.K.; Riches, J.C. The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Oncology Care and Clinical Trials. Cancers 2021, 13, 5924. Ali, J.K.; Riches, J.C. The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Oncology Care and Clinical Trials. Cancers 2021, 13, 5924.

Journal reference: Cancers 2021, 13, 5924
DOI: 10.3390/cancers13235924

Abstract

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has caused considerable global disruption to clinical practice. This article will review the impact that the pandemic has had on oncology clinical trials. It will assess the effect of the COVID-19 situation on the initial presentation and investigation of patients with suspected cancer. It will also discuss the impact of the pandemic on the subsequent management of cancer patients and how clinical trial approval, recruitment and conduct were affected during the pandemic. An intriguing aspect of the pandemic is that clinical trials investigating treatments for COVID-19 and vaccinations against the causative virus, SARS-CoV-2, have been approved and conducted at unprecedented speed. In light of this, this re-view will also discuss the potential that this enhanced regulatory environment could have on the running of oncology clinical trials in the future.

Keywords

SARS-Cov-2; COVID-19; oncology; cancer screening; clinical trials

Subject

MEDICINE & PHARMACOLOGY, Oncology & Oncogenics

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