Launch of a new framework for cancer care in a pandemic

Health Industry Hub | June 3, 2020 |
[Total: 1    Average: 4/5]

Medical News: Cancer Australia launched the publication of an Australian first Cancer care in the time of COVID-19: A conceptual framework for the management of cancer during a pandemic.

An estimated 400 people will be diagnosed with cancer in Australia every day in 2020. 

There is emerging evidence that cancer patients are at increased risk of serious COVID-19 infection. Whilst social distancing measures have been effective in ‘flattening the curve,’ the measures have also introduced challenges for the management of cancer patients.

The new Cancer Australia framework is intended as a thought-piece to promote discussion and guide considerations and strategies for decision-making on cancer care during a pandemic, in accordance with the principles of the Optimal Care Pathways for people with cancer.

Register & join 22,000+ industry professionals in reading the latest industry news & engaging content from Health Industry Hub, the ONLY one-stop-hub connecting Australia’s Pharma, MedTech and Biotech industry professionals.

Professor Dorothy Keefe, CEO Cancer Australia, said that when COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation in March 2020, planning for cancer care during a pandemic had not been considered, and how much cancer management would have to be changed was an unknown.

“While it is clearly designed with the Australian healthcare system and this COVID-19 pandemic in mind, the principles of Cancer care in the time of COVID-19 are transferrable to any jurisdiction, any chronic disease and for any pandemic.”

“Australia is in a privileged global position to guide cancer management thinking during this COVID-19 crisis. We are successfully flattening the COVID-19 curve, and we have among the best cancer survival rates in the world. These factors enable Cancer Australia to lead the way in designing frameworks for cancer care to assist in decision-making to ensure best outcomes for patients,” said Professor Keefe.

Professor of Surgical Oncology, University of WA, Christobel Saunders, said that Australia’s Optimal Care Pathways for people with cancer, developed by Cancer Council, could be applied to support the delivery of consistent, safe, high-quality and evidence-based cancer care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We now know that during a pandemic, cancer care around the world needs to be tailored to different phases of a pandemic, in order to balance the health system capacity against the needs of the patient, to ensure best patient outcomes,” continued Professor Keefe.

“Best practice approaches to cancer care will vary depending on the shape of the pandemic curve in any one jurisdiction and at any particular time, and the relationship between the curve and the health system capacity. Decisions to change patient care to minimise harm and improve cancer outcomes should be evidence-based, risk-based and consensus-based, and always made in consultation with individual patients.”

Using published data, guidelines and recommendations, this conceptual framework is intended as a useful resource for cancer organisations, health professionals, medical colleges, and policy-makers.

About the author

About the author

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Nam luctus finibus scelerisque. Nunc bibendum ipsum sed augue fringilla fringilla. Nullam at consectetur leo. Praesent viverra rutrum porta. Quisque vitae mi vel purus vulputate tincidunt. Class aptent taciti sociosqu ad litora torquent per conubia nostra, per inceptos himenaeos. Suspendisse et mi quis nisi rhoncus feugiat at ac tellus. Sed aliquam sodales nulla ac auctor. Sed pretium lobortis purus accumsan ullamcorper. Phasellus sodales vel odio in lobortis. Duis maximus sagittis bibendum. Interdum et malesuada fames ac ante ipsum primis in faucibus. Nunc dictum tincidunt ipsum in vestibulum. Donec ut sem consectetur, aliquam quam vitae, pharetra orci. Nam egestas non velit eu rhoncus. Duis congue neque non lacus tincidunt porta. Vestibulum ultricies pulvinar sem, molestie congue dui aliquet non.
  • Ut imperdiet leo id lorem fermentum consectetur.
  • Ut vitae orci et dui varius tincidunt.
  • Ut id magna non libero vestibulum pharetra ac faucibus nulla.
Aliquam erat volutpat. Vestibulum vitae varius diam. Nulla eget congue ante. Nunc ullamcorper sagittis augue vel dictum. Mauris finibus nibh ut pulvinar auctor. Vestibulum ut faucibus nisi. Orci varius natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. Quisque porta tortor ac justo malesuada elementum. Nulla tellus ante, cursus nec ex sit amet, suscipit bibendum arcu. Duis posuere orci dui, et mollis enim dictum at. Sed ullamcorper, sapien ut vulputate viverra, sem purus porttitor tellus, nec mattis mauris ligula sed risus. Nulla sagittis id ipsum eu mattis. Link to full profile

News & Trends - Pharmaceuticals

Pharma News - 20 biopharmaceutical companies enter a ground-breaking partnership - AMR Action Fund

20 biopharmaceutical companies enter a ground-breaking partnership

Health Industry Hub | July 10, 2020 |

Please log in to Health Industry Hub to view this content in the ‘News & Trends’ menu.

Health Industry Hub is Australia’s ONLY one-stop-hub connecting Pharma, Biotech and MedTech industry professionals. Learn more.


Market Research & Insights

Market Research Pharma Biotech MedTech - Incredible breadth of Australia’s COVID-19 research: From vaccines to aircon filters

Incredible breadth of Australia’s COVID-19 research: From vaccines to aircon filters

Health Industry Hub | July 9, 2020 |

Market Research & Insights: Since the coronavirus hit Australia’s shores, health and medical researchers have been rapidly redeployed in unprecedented […]



Pharma Biotech Medtech Mentoring - Award-winning IMNIS program fosters collaboration and innovation between industry and academia

Award-winning IMNIS program fosters collaboration and innovation between industry and academia

Health Industry Hub | July 9, 2020 |

Mentoring: The Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS) provides PhD student mentees an understanding of the industry sector, strengthen their […]



Communication Public Relations Pharma Biotech Medtech - The changing landscape of Pharma corporate communications - interview

The changing landscape of corporate communications in the Pharma industry

Health Industry Hub | July 8, 2020 |

COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on the role and nature of healthcare communications, especially following the recent bushfire crisis […]