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[Surgical treatment for esophageal cancer during the outbreak of COVID-19]

Y Li, J J Qin, Z Wang, Y Yu, Y Y Wen, X K Chen, W X Liu, Y Li
Zhonghua Zhong Liu za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Oncology] 2020 February 27, 42: E003
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Since December 2019, unexplained pneumonia has appeared in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, and a new type of coronavirus infection was confirmed as COVID-19. COVID-19 spread rapidly nationwide and abroad. The COVID-19 has brought huge impacts to all the people and walks of life, especially to the medical and health systems. It has also brought great challenges to the treatment of patients with cancer. Esophageal cancer is a common malignant tumor in China and most of the patients are in the middle and advanced stage when diagnosed, with immunosuppressive and poor prognosis. The selection of surgical procedures and perioperative managements of esophageal cancer require all thoracic surgeons work together to figure out a reasonable system of surgical treatment and emergency response.

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