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Palliative care will play a critical role during the COVID‑19 pandemic, and will be a responsibility for all health care professionals. Cancer services should collaborate with specialist palliative care services when developing COVID‑19 contingency pl

Post by on Sunday, June 20, 2021

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Palliative care will play a critical role during the COVID‑19 pandemic, and will be a responsibility for all health care professionals. Cancer services should collaborate with specialist palliative care services when developing COVID‑19 contingency plans. Palliative care will involve managing symptoms of cancers, including the end of life. Other roles include rapid reassessment of an individual patient’s goals if treatment plans are changed, helping patients and families navigate end of life care decisions during societal and economic disruption, supporting care in the community to avoid unnecessary hospitalizations, and delivering care in a culturally safe and responsive manner.

COVID‑19 disease presents a threat to specialist palliative care service staffing and capacity and the delivery of palliative care will frequently need to be undertaken by primary treating teams, under the guidance of specialist palliative care services. Issues of trust, isolation, disconnectedness, and worries about abandonment should be proactively addressed.

In particular, the impact of restriction or banning of hospital visits by family and friends at life’s end needs to be addressed with compassion and humanity.

The COVID‑19 pandemic has the potential to overwhelm current health‑system capacity. Postponing cancer treatments might be associated with some risk, although these risks will need to be considered in light of the magnitude of potential benefits. Throughout the pandemic, supporting our patient emotional wellbeing and ensuring that adequate psychosocial support systems are in place will be more important than ever.

Dr Shaqul Qamar Wani

Associate Professor

Department of Radiation Oncology

SKIMS Srinagar



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