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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 174-179

Gastrointestinal cancer surgery during COVID times

Department of Surgical Gastroenterology, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Deepak Govil
Department of Surgical Gastroenterology, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, Sarita Vihar, New Delhi - 110 076
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/am.am_79_20

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COVID pandemic has taken the whole world off guard, and it has lasting serious implications on every aspect of human life. Surgical services for our elective cases are suffering. There are a lot of issues related to gastrointestinal (GI) cancer patients in these COVID times. It is difficult to decide whether to operate on these patients taking the risk or delay the surgery with attendant risk of cancer progression or use some alternative protocols. Here, we aim to offer guidance for the prioritization of surgical services to further minimize the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic across various overburdened surgical units and to preserve the surgical workforce with special emphasis on GI malignancy patients.

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