Global Forum of Cancer Surgeons: Cancer Surgery During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Impact and Lessons Learned

Chandrakanth Are, D. Tyler, J. Howe, A. Olivares, A. Nissan, D. Zippel, A. Gupta, D. Savant, D. D’Ugo, I. Rubio, J. E. Bargallo-Rocha, H. Martinez-Said, H. Takeuchi, A. Taketomi, A. F. Oliveira, H. S.Castro Ribeiro, M. A. Cheema, H. J. Majid, G. Chen, F. RovielloA. Gronchi, A. Leon, W. Y. Lee, D. J. Park, J. Park, R. Auer, W. A. Gawad, A. Zaghloul

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Background: The purpose of this article is to summarize the opinions of the surgical oncology leaders from the Global Forum of Cancer Surgeons (GFCS) about the global impact of COVID-19 pandemic on cancer surgery. Methods: A panel session (virtual) was held at the annual Society of Surgical Oncology 2021 International Conference on Surgical Cancer Care to address the impact of COVID-19 on cancer surgery globally. Following the virtual meeting, a questionnaire was sent to all the leaders to gather additional opinions. The input obtained from all the leaders was collated and analyzed to understand how cancer surgeons from across the world adapted in real-time to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic. Results: The surgical oncology leaders noted that the COVID-19 pandemic led to severe disruptions in surgical cancer care across all domains of clinical care, education, and research. Several new changes/protocols associated with increased costs were implemented to deliver safe care. Leaders also noted that preexisting disparities in care were exacerbated, and the pandemic had a detrimental effect on well-being and financial status. Conclusions: The COVID-19 pandemic has led to severe disruptions in surgical cancer care globally. Leaders of the GFCS opined that new strategies need to be implemented to prepare for any future catastrophic events based on the lessons learned from the current events. The GFCS will embark on developing such a roadmap to ensure that surgical cancer care is preserved in the future regardless of any catastrophic global events.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2773-2783
Number of pages11
JournalAnnals of Surgical Oncology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2022
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Oncology


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