Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.radonc.2020.03.030
Title: Navigating the challenges of the COVID-19 outbreak: Perspectives from the radiation oncology service in Singapore
Authors: Tey, Jeremy 
Ho, Shaun
Choo, Bok Ai
Ho, Francis 
Yap, Swee Peng
Tuan, Jeffrey KL 
Leong, Cheng Nang 
Cheo, Timothy 
Sommat, Kiattisa
Wang, Michael LC 
Keywords: Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Oncology
Radiology, Nuclear Medicine & Medical Imaging
Covid-19
SARS-CoV-2
Pandemic
Infection control
Guidelines
LESSONS
Issue Date: 1-Jul-2020
Publisher: ELSEVIER IRELAND LTD
Citation: Tey, Jeremy, Ho, Shaun, Choo, Bok Ai, Ho, Francis, Yap, Swee Peng, Tuan, Jeffrey KL, Leong, Cheng Nang, Cheo, Timothy, Sommat, Kiattisa, Wang, Michael LC (2020-07-01). Navigating the challenges of the COVID-19 outbreak: Perspectives from the radiation oncology service in Singapore. RADIOTHERAPY AND ONCOLOGY 148 : 189-193. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.radonc.2020.03.030
Abstract: © 2020 Elsevier B.V. In December 2019, pneumonia of unknown cause was reported by China to WHO. The outbreak was found to be caused by a coronavirus which was officially named “severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2” (SARS-CoV-2), and the disease caused by it was named ‘COVID-19’. The first case in Singapore was confirmed on 23rd January 2020. With lessons learnt from the SARS epidemic in 2003 and the H1N1 flu pandemic in 2009, Singapore was much better prepared to deal with the virus outbreak. The government has taken swift measures to contain and break the chain of transmission. Healthcare workers face the challenge of keeping patients and staff safe from the disease. There is a higher risk of mortality of COVID-19 in cancer patients and hence unique considerations for a radiation oncology department operating in an infectious disease outbreak. This article is the recommendations and adapted workflow from the two National Cancer Centres in Singapore with the endorsement by the working committee of the Chapter of Radiation Oncology, Academy of Medicine, Singapore. It highlights the challenges that radiation oncology departments in Singapore face and the appropriate recommended responses. This includes interventions, business continuity plans and workflow in managing a COVID-19 positive patient on radiotherapy.
Source Title: RADIOTHERAPY AND ONCOLOGY
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/184040
ISSN: 01678140
18790887
DOI: 10.1016/j.radonc.2020.03.030
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