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PREFERRED PRACTICE
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 68  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 1281-1291

Ocular oncology practice guidelines during COVID-19 pandemic-An expert consensus


1 From Ocular Oncology and Oculoplasty Services, Horus Specialty Eye Care, Bangalore, India
2 Ocular Oncology and Oculoplasty Services, Center For Sight, Hyderabad, India
3 Oculoplasty and Ocular Oncology Service, Aravind Eye Care, Madurai, India
4 Advanced Eye Center, Medical Institute- PGIMER, Chandigarh, India
5 Ocular Oncology and Oculoplasty Services, Center For Sight, Delhi, India
6 Ocular Oncology and Oculoplasty Services, Dr. Shroff's Charity Eye Hospital, Delhi, India
7 Operation Eyesight Universal Institute for Eye Cancer, LV Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, India
8 Vitreoretinal Services, Sankara Eye Hospital, Bangalore, India
9 Vitreoretina and Ocular Oncology Services, Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai, India
10 Department of Pediatric Retina and Ocular Oncology, Aravind Eye Hospital, Coimbatore, India
11 National Reporting Center for Ophthalmic Pathology, Center For Sight, Hyderabad, India
12 Ocular Pathology Services, Dr. Shroff's Charity Eye Hospital, Delhi, India
13 Department of Radiation Oncology, Manipal Hospitals, Bangalore, India
14 Medical and Radiation Oncology, Apollo Cancer Institute, Hyderabad, India
15 Pediatric Hematology-Oncology and BMT, Narayana Health City, Bangalore, India
16 Pediatric Oncology, Cytecare Cancer Hospitals, Bangalore, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Fairooz P Manjandavida
HORUS Specialty Eye Care, Bengaluru, Karnataka
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_1669_20

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The outbreak of rapidly spreading COVID-19 pandemic in December 2019 has witnessed a major transformation in the health care system worldwide. This has led to the re-organization of the specialty services for the effective utilization of available resources and ensuring the safety of patients and healthcare workers. Suspension of oncology services will have major implications on cancer care due to delayed diagnosis and treatment leading to irreversible adverse consequences. Therefore various oncology organizations have called for a continuation of cancer care during this crisis with diligence. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the clinicians to transform the components of care from screening to outpatient care and primary management. The purpose of this article is to establish guidelines and recommendations for ocular oncology in the management of ocular tumors set by a multidisciplinary team of experts including ocular, medical and radiation oncologists, and pathologists. As the pandemic is evolving fast, it will require constant updates and reformation of health strategies and guidelines for safe and quality health care.


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