COVID-19 and Cancer Review: Surgical Oncology, Telemedicine, and Mental Health

Shon Shmushkevich1,2#, Massimo Baudo3#, Mahmoud Morsi4, Mariam Khobsa5, Mohamed Ismael6, Ayah Hassan, A.7, Mostafa Rahouma8 & Mohamed Rahouma9*#

1Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts & Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
2Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medicine/New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY, USA
3Department of Cardiac Surgery, Spedali Civili di Brescia, Brescia, Italy
4Department of General Surgery, Montefiore Health System, New York, NY, USA
5Department of Cardiology Overlake Medical Center, Bellevue, WA, US
6Department of Microbiology, High Institute of Public Health, Alexandria University, Egypt
7Department of Pharmacognosy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo University, Egypt
8Department of Information Technology, National Cancer Institute, Cairo University, Egypt
9Department of Surgical Oncology, National Cancer Institute, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt

Dr. Mohamed Rahouma, Department of Surgical Oncology, National Cancer Institute, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt.

Keywords: COVID-19; Oncology; Mental Health


Due to the spread of COVID-19, many medical institutions began to cancel/postpone elective procedures out of concerns for safety. The American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended cancelling or postponing non-emergent surgeries since March 2020 [1]. This directly affected a wide range of oncological institutions, who had to adapt swiftly. With these policies in place, surgical waiting lists began to disproportionately grow [1,2]. Throughout this period, and leading up to today, many hospital resources have grown depleted and surgical staff and equipment have been repurposed [1].

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