University Hospitals adjusting cancer patient treatments to safeguard from pandemic

CLEVELAND (WJW) — College Hospitals says its working to create an oasis from coronavirus for most cancers sufferers.

“We have now to guard sufferers. We solely need them to come back to the hospital if it’s completely important,” mentioned Dr. Ted Teknos is the President and Scientific Director of the UH Sediman Most cancers Heart.

“What we’ve finished for sufferers who’re on energetic remedy is, particularly close to radiation oncology, if these remedies will be delivered in a shorter time-frame we attempt to do it over a shorter time period so that they have much less visits to the hospital,” he mentioned.

Plexiglass sheets are up on the registration space along with screening on the entrance door and like many hospitals, as a basic rule guests should not allowed.

“Most cancers sufferers, when they’re contaminated with coronavirus, have a better price of complication and a better mortality price, whereas the general mortality price for an infection from coronavirus is about 2 and a half %. It’s about 5 and a half to six % in most cancers sufferers. Those that are actively present process most cancers therapy have a good greater price of demise from coronavirus,” Dr. Teknos defined.

Dr. Teknos mentioned three sufferers have examined optimistic for COVID-19. The hospital created separate clinics and infusion areas for these sufferers. 

A priority shifting ahead is individuals avoiding going to the hospital and the way it may influence their care.

“Our largest concern is as most cancers suppliers is throughout this time of social distancing people who find themselves experiencing signs aren’t getting or are afraid to go to the hospital and focus on signs with their docs and we’re fearful there could be a delay in new most cancers analysis,” he mentioned.


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