Published time: 07 May 2020
Authors: Ambereen K. Mehta, Thomas J. Smith
Keywords: Covid-19, palliative care, cancer, pandemic
With early studies suggesting that patients with active cancer are particularly susceptible to COVID-19, the current pandemic is forcing palliative care health care professionals to better define our identity as a field.1 With social distancing requirements, should we minimize patient contact to keep our patients and ourselves safe? As a relatively new specialty, are palliative care consults a luxury that we can hold off on to avoid overburdening the medical system? Are we essential medical personnel, or not?
Palliative Care for Patients With Cancer in the COVID-19 Era