Head and neck mucosal malignancies during the COVID-19 pandemic (search done on 8 April 2020)

Added August 8, 2020

Citation: Crosby DL, Sharma A. Evidence-based guidelines for management of head and neck mucosal malignancies during the COVID-19 pandemic. Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery. 2020 Jul:163(1):16-24.

What is this? Some patients with head and neck cancer will contract COVID-19.

In this rapid review, the authors searched for studies on the treatment of patients with head and neck cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic. They restricted their search to articles published in English and did the search on 8 April 2020. They included 45 studies.

What was found:  At the time of this review, the included studies showed that although there is a risk of COVID-19 transmission during physical assessment in head and neck cancer patients; treatment cannot be delayed because a delay would increase the risk of morbidity and mortality.

At the time of this review, the included studies showed that patients should receive care based on the best available evidence throughout the treatment process to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission for patients and healthcare workers.


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