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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 3-7

Radiotherapy practice in the time of COVID-19 pandemic and nationwide lockdown: Experience from a resource-constrained center of Northeast India

Department of Radiation Oncology, Dr. B. Borooah Cancer Institute, Guwahati, Assam, India

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Dr. Jyotiman Nath
Department of Radiation Oncology, Dr. B. Borooah Cancer Institute, AK Azad Road, Gopinath Nagar, Guwahati - 781 016, Assam
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/JRMT.JRMT_5_20

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The outbreak of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that originated in Wuhan, Hubei Province, of China in December 2019 was declared as a pandemic on March 11, 2020, by the World Health Organization. As a measure to break the chain of transmission of the disease, the Government of India declared nationwide lockdown from March 24, 2020. This pandemic and nationwide lockdown impacted the healthcare system, and it became extremely difficult to carry out cancer-related services as both the patients and healthcare providers are at increased risk of infection. As a resource-constrained and high-volume patient center, we have formulated few sets of policies based on the available evidence which helped us to carryout patient care services in this time of crisis. Our policies will help other resource-constrained cancer hospitals to formulate their own policy.

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