COVID-19 and the multidisciplinary care of patients with lung cancer: an evidence-based review and commentary (2021)

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Journal article

Round, Thomas; L’Esperance, Veline; Bayly, Joanne; Brain, Kate; Dallas, Lorraine; Edwards, John G; Haswell, Thomas; Hiley, Crispin; Lovell, Natasha; *McAdam, Julia; McCutchan, Grace; Nair, Arjun; Newsom-Davis, Thomas; Sage, Elizabeth K; Navani, Neal

British Journal of Cancer; May 2021 [epub ahead of print]

Delivering lung cancer care during the COVID-19 pandemic has posed significant and ongoing challenges. There is a lack of published COVID-19 and lung cancer evidence-based reviews, including for the whole patient pathway. We searched for COVID-19 and lung cancer publications and brought together a multidisciplinary group of stakeholders to review and comment on the evidence and challenges. A rapid review of the literature was undertaken up to 28 October 2020, producing 144 papers, with 113 full texts screened. We focused on new primary data collection (qualitative or quantitative evidence) and excluded case reports, editorials and commentaries. Following exclusions, 15 published papers were included in the review and are summarised. They included one qualitative paper and 14 quantitative studies (surveys or cohort studies), with a total of 2295 lung cancer patients data included (mean study size 153 patients; range 7-803). Review of current evidence and commentary included awareness and help-seeking; lung cancer screening; primary care assessment and referral; diagnosis and treatment in secondary care, including oncology and surgery; patient experience and palliative care. Cross-cutting themes and challenges were identified using qualitative methods for patients, healthcare professionals and service delivery, with a clear need for continued studies to guide evidence-based decision-making.

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