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Haematological malignancies implications during the times of the COVID‑19 pandemic (Review)

  • Authors:
    • Eleni Papakonstantinou
    • Konstantina Dragoumani
    • Aspasia Efthimiadou
    • Anastasia Marina Palaiogeorgou
    • Katerina Pierouli
    • Thanasis Mitsis
    • George P. Chrousos
    • Flora Bacopoulou
    • Dimitrios Vlachakis
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  • Published online on: October 29, 2021     https://doi.org/10.3892/ol.2021.13117
  • Article Number: 856
  • Copyright: © Papakonstantinou et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of Creative Commons Attribution License.

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Abstract

The COVID‑19 pandemic has complicated current healthcare services for cancer patients. Patients with haematological malignancies specifically seem vulnerable to SARS‑CoV‑2 infection due to their immunosuppressed status. The COVID‑19 pandemic influences every step of the assessment and treatment of a haematological malignancy. Clinicians must adhere to strict policies to not spread the virus to their patients while they must also adjust their workflow for maximum productivity. These difficulties accentuate the ever‑present need to improve the healthcare services for cancer patients. This improvement is needed not only to combat the problems that arose from the COVID‑19 pandemic but also to establish a framework for the management of patients with haematological malignancies in potential future pandemics.
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