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MANAGING CARE FOR PATIENTS WITH SINONASAL AND ANTERIOR SKULL BASE CANCERS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
  • Mario Turri-Zanoni, MD
Mario Turri-Zanoni, MD
University of Insubria
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Abstract

The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has rapidly transformed healthcare delivery around the globe. Because of the heavy impact of COVID-19 spread, cancer treatments have necessarily been de-prioritized, thus exposing patients to increased risk of morbidity and mortality due to delayed care. In this scenario, cancer specialists need to assess critical oncology patients case by case to carefully balance risk versus benefit in treating tumors and preventing SARS-CoV-2 infection. Here we report early insights into how the management of patients with sinonasal and anterior skull base cancer might be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We provide recommendations for preoperative tests, indications for immediate care versus possible delayed treatment, warnings relating to dural resection and intracranial dissection given the potential neurotropism of SARS-CoV2 and practical suggestions for managing cancer care in a period of limited resources. We also postulate some thoughts on the promising role of telemedicine in multidisciplinary case discussions and post-treatment surveillance.