Telehealth and palliative care for patients with cancer: Implications of the COVID-19 pandemic

Udhayvir Singh Grewal, Stephanie Terauchi, Muhammad Shaalan Beg

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Abstract

It has been reported that the incidence of SARS-CoV-2 infection is higher in patients with cancer than in the general population and that patients with cancer are at an increased risk of developing severe life-threatening complications from COVID-19. Increased transmission and poor outcomes noted in emerging data on patients with cancer and COVID-19 call for aggressive isolation and minimization of nosocomial exposure. Palliative care and oncology providers are posed with unique challenges due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Telepalliative care is the use of telehealth services for remotely delivering palliative care to patients through videoconferencing, telephonic communication, or remote symptom monitoring. It offers great promise in addressing the palliative and supportive care needs of patients with advanced cancer during the ongoing pandemic. We discuss the case of a 75-year-old woman who was initiated on second-line chemotherapy, to highlight how innovations in technology and telehealth-based interventions can be used to address patients’ palliative and supportive care needs in the ongoing epidemic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere20288
JournalJMIR Cancer
Volume6
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2020

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Palliative care
  • Patients with cancer
  • Telehealth
  • Telemedicine
  • Telepalliative care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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