Is it Safe for Patients to Delay Surgery During the COVID-19 Crisis?

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Find out how we're determining which surgeries are safe to proceed with during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Hello. My name is doctor Vivian Strong and I'm a surgical oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. As a surgeon, one of the most frequent questions that I'm hearing from my patients is, is it safe to wait for my surgery during the COVID-19 crisis? Learning that you have a new cancer diagnosis is frightening whenever it occurs, but particularly now during the COVID-19 crisis, we understand that you want to start your cancer treatment right away. However, it's critical that we keep you safe, during this COVID-19 crisis. Since each person's cancer case is unique, we recommend that you set up an appointment to speak with one of our surgeons who specializes in your type of cancer, so that you can make good treatment decisions together about the best approach to treat your cancer. In many cases, we can also do this visit via telehealth so that you can stay in the comfort and safety of your own home while getting the best recommendations.