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An Ethical Framework for Head and Neck Cancer Care Impacted by COVID-19
  • Andrew G. Shuman,
  • Bruce H. Campbell
Andrew G. Shuman
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Bruce H. Campbell

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended head and neck cancer care delivery in ways unforeseen and unprecedented. The impact of these changes parallels other fields in oncology, but is disproportionate due to protective measures and limitations on potentially aerosolizing procedures and related interventions specific to the upper aerodigestive tract. The moral and professional dimensions of providing ethically appropriate and consistent care for our patients in the COVID-19 crisis are considered herein for head and neck oncology providers.