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COVID-19 Patient Care Information

ASCO has instituted a COVID-19 Clinical Questions Advisory Group to assist in the development of these resource pages. Its membership and declarations are available.

ASCO has developed the patient care guidance available on this page in the following fashion:

  • ASCO determines the topics to be addressed based on questions that are received from ASCO members and others, as well as input from ASCO staff and the COVID-19 Clinical Questions Advisory Group.
  • For each topic, ASCO staff work with the COVID-19 Clinical Questions Advisory Group to develop guidance in an iterative, collaborative fashion.  This guidance refers to and highlights, where possible, evidence published in the peer-reviewed literature as well as guidance issued by national and local health authorities and professional organizations (e.g. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Heart Association (AHA) and American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), etc.).
  • Once draft guidance is developed for the topic, it is reviewed by ASCO’s Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President, who approves all statements regarding patient care.
  • Approved guidance is then posted on the page.

The guidance is updated as new information emerges and all content is reviewed periodically in its entirety by ASCO staff to ensure consistency with rapidly changing guidance from other organizations and government agencies. The date of the last review/update is at the top of each page.

Disclaimer

Answers to questions about COVID-19 published herein are provided by the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Inc. (“ASCO”) for voluntary, informational use by providers in the rapidly evolving novel coronavirus crisis. This information does not constitute medical or legal advice, is not intended for use in the diagnosis or treatment of individual conditions, does not endorse products or therapies, recommend or mandate any particular course of medical care, and is not a statement of the standard of care. New evidence may emerge between the time information is developed and when it is published or read. The information is not comprehensive or continually updated. This information is not intended to substitute for the independent professional judgment of the treating provider in the context of treating the individual patient. ASCO provides this information on an “as is” basis, and makes no warranty, express or implied, regarding the information. ASCO specifically disclaims any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular use or purpose. ASCO assumes no responsibility for any injury or damage to persons or property arising out of or related to any use of this information or for any errors or omissions. Use of the information is subject to the complete ASCO website Terms of Use

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