Treatment of cancer under the impression of the COVID-19 pandemic is associated with completely new challenges. Based on several underlying factor cancer patients per se harbor an increased risk for dismal outcome of COVID. Age, malnutrition, pre-existing lung disorders and immune suppression comprise the most notable factors to be taken into account in cancer patients. As radiotherapy is one of the major pillars in oncology, there is an urgent need for recommendations on how to deal with various facets of COVID-19 in the framework of radiation oncology. The article by S. Combs et al represents the result of a consensus discussion between representatives from five large University Hospitals in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
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Radiation Oncology encompasses all aspects of research that impacts on the treatment of cancer using radiation. It publishes findings in molecular and cellular radiation biology, radiation physics, radiation technology, and clinical oncology.
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