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    Research Letter
    July 30, 2020

    Outcomes in Radiotherapy-Treated Patients With Cancer During the COVID-19 Outbreak in Wuhan, China

    Author Affiliations
    • 1Department of Radiation and Medical Oncology, Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University, Wuhan, China
    • 2Hubei Key Laboratory of Tumor Biological Behaviors, Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University, Wuhan, China
    • 3Hubei Cancer Clinical Study Center, Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University, Wuhan, China
    • 4Division of Radiation Oncology, Division of Medical Sciences, National Cancer Centre Singapore, Singapore
    • 5Oncology Academic Clinical Programme, Duke–National University of Singapore Medical School, National University of Singapore, Singapore
    JAMA Oncol. Published online July 30, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2020.2783

    Several health care services have been affected by the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. A delay in diagnosis and treatment can be detrimental to patients with cancer.1,2 However, patients with cancer are also at risk for COVID-19 because of immunosuppressive treatments and recurrent visits to the hospital.3 In this article, we report preliminary outcomes in 209 patients who underwent radiotherapy at the Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University (ZHWU) during the COVID-19 outbreak in the city of Wuhan, China.

    All patients who were treated at the Department of Medical and Radiation Oncology, ZHWU, from January 20 to March 5, 2020, were included. Public health measures implemented during the study period included city lockdown (January 23, 2020), cordon sanitaire, traffic restriction, social distancing, and home confinement. We analyzed patient demographics as well as clinical and treatment parameters. Survival status of all patients was updated as of March 12, 2020.