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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 38-44

Cancer rehabilitation during the COVID-19 pandemic: An overview of special considerations

Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Victoria; Department of Medicine, Royal Melbourne Hospital, University of Melbourne, Melbourne; Australian Rehabilitation Research Centre, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Victoria, Australia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Krystal Song
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Royal Park Campus, 34-54 Poplar Road, Parkville, Victoria
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jisprm.jisprm_10_20

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The global pandemic of coronavirus (COVID-19) is a major public health issue since identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019. It creates unique challenges from the perspective of cancer survivors, as they often require complex cancer treatments during the disease trajectory, disease surveillance, and rehabilitation. Given the vulnerability of this population, there is an urgent need to address the impact of such a pandemic on cancer rehabilitation. This article presents a narrative overview of the issues highlighted for rehabilitation services providing cancer care in this context, for risk mitigation, and for continued operation during this unprecedented public health crisis.

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