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The experience of oncological services in a pandemic in Russia and abroad was discussed at the second international expert council of the AOR

On July 21, 2020, under the auspices of the Association of Oncologists of Russia and with the support of the Ministry of Health of Russia, the II multidisciplinary expert council with international participation was held. The topic of the meeting was a discussion of the experience gained in the work of oncological services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The event was held online with the participation of the Director of the Department of International Cooperation and Public Relations of the Ministry of Health of Russia S.M. Muravyov and leading experts in the field of oncology from Russia, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Spain. The Chairman of the Expert Council was Andrey Kaprin, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, President of the Association of Oncologists of Russia, General Director of the Federal State Budgetary Institution "National Medical Research Center of Radiology" of the Russian Ministry of Health, chief freelance oncologist of the Russian Ministry of Health.

The Expert Council is being held for the second time. The results of the first meeting, which took place in April 2020, showed that such discussions help not only to assess the experience of various countries in organizing care for cancer patients in new conditions, but also to develop really effective solutions for providing timely, and most importantly, full-fledged care for cancer patients. ...

“The issues that have been brought up for discussion at the second expert council are among the burning issues for modern healthcare,” S.M. Muravyov. He noted that cancer patients are at increased risk, which is why the development of effective approaches in the treatment of cancer patients diagnosed with a new coronavirus infection and the competent organization of the oncological service is of fundamental importance.

Opening the expert discussion, the chairman of the council A.D. Caprin noted that the cancer service is in a century of change. “Exactly 100 years ago, the world was already experiencing a powerful epidemic - the Spanish flu, which claimed a huge number of lives. Unfortunately, there is no reliable data on the impact of this pandemic on cancer patients, since this issue has not been given close attention. And how much we can unite and be open to each other in this struggle depends on both the development of all oncological care and what kind of legacy we will leave to our descendants, ”stressed A.D. Caprin.

The council was held with the participation of experts from Italy, Switzerland, Spain and the Netherlands. The discussion was attended by: Cosimo Scarnera - Director of the Department of Public Health Prevention (Italy); Joachim G. Aerts - MD, Head of the Department of Lung Diseases, Professor of Pulmonary Medicine, Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam (Netherlands); Maria Del Grande - MD, MD, oncologist at the Oncology Institute of Southern Bellinzona (Switzerland); Luisa Sánchez Lorenzo is a specialist in medical oncology at the Department of Medical Oncology at the Clinic of the University of Navarra, Spain.

The purpose of the meeting of experts was to exchange the accumulated experience of cancer care services and discuss the tactics of treating cancer patients in the context of the COVID-19 epidemic after 4 months. During the discussion, the participants were able to analyze successful decisions and mistakes in the activities of oncological services, discuss the prospects for work in the context of the development of a possible "second wave" of a pandemic. The experts talked about how the work scheme of oncology departments was built, how the approaches in surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy have changed, shared their experience of actively introducing telemedicine technologies into daily practice, talked about the experience of conducting scientific and clinical research during the period of coronavirus.

Press service of the Federal State Budgetary Institution "National Medical Research Center of Radiology" of the Ministry of Health of Russia