Advice to local systems on maintenance of cancer treatment during COVID-19 response

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We know that many of you will already be playing a system leadership role in responding to COVID-19, including helping to put in place approaches to support continued referral, tracking, diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients. This letter sets out additional information for Cancer Alliances.


It is crucial that:

  • Essential and urgent cancer treatments must continue. Cancer specialists should discuss with their patients whether it is more risky for them to undergo or to delay treatment at this time.
  • Where referrals or treatment plans depart from normal practice, safety-netting must be in place so that patients can be followed up.
  • Urgent consideration should be given to consolidating cancer surgery in a COVID-free hub, with centralised triage to prioritise patients based on clinical

Published 6 April 2020