In this episode of ESR Connect, experts from The Netherlands and Switzerland will report on how cancer care is normally organised, which changes occurred during the acute phase of the coronavirus pandemic, and what mental challenges patients and staff faced.
Hosted by Regina Beets-Tan from The Netherlands Cancer Institute, a leading oncologic imager in Europe, the experience of a clinician and a radiologist will be shared, as well as an update on the EU Cancer Mission board, of which Beets-Tan is a member.
Gabe Sonke is a medical oncologist specialised in female cancers at The Netherlands Cancer Institute. He will present data on COVID-19 in cancer patients, effects on their prognosis and complications that arose due to co-infection, as well as how cancer care is currently organised and what will have to be learned from the experience of the last months. Sonke will also report on his patients’ perspective and their experience of additional psychological burden caused by COVID-19.
Radiologist Andreas Gutzeit from Hirslanden Klinik St. Anna in Lucerne, Switzerland, will explain how imaging services can be maintained under challenging conditions based on his experience with cancer patients under diagnosis or therapy during the acute COVID-19 phase. He will underline the importance of hygiene measures to protect immunocompromised patients and put into perspective different measures taken in China and Europe. Gutzeit will also speak about the psychological stress the staff experienced during the times of crisis, and why it should not be neglected.