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COVID-19 Pandemic Breast Cancer Consortium Develops Considerations for Re-entry

The COVID-19 pandemic has been trying for the cancer care community, significantly altering how we take care of patients and stressing our knowledge, resources and well-being. In an effort to rapidly produce some guidance for the healthcare community, a consortium of experts from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), Commission on Cancer (CoC), American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBrS), American College of Radiology (ACR) and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) assembled to produce guidelines to help busy clinicians navigate through difficult decisions.

Following the publication of these recommendations, we agreed to create a follow up document to help guide the healthcare community through the recovery stage of the pandemic, recognizing that different hospitals and cancer centers would be in different phases of the pandemic and recovery. We were delighted to have experts from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) join the consortium. This new document is a combination of peer reviewed literature as well as expert opinion when good data was not available. Since breast cancer is a multidisciplinary disease, we felt the best way to present this was in a multidisciplinary conference fashion. For some of the scenarios, one or another of the disciplines is more prominent.

Please feel free to use and to distribute this document among your cancer care team.

Scott H. Kurtzman, MD, FACS
Chair, NAPBC

Lawrence N. Shulman, MD, MACP, FASCO
Chair, CoC

Katherine Yao, MD, FACS
Vice Chair, NAPBC