Practical recommendations for the management of patients with gastroenteropancreatic and thoracic (carcinoid) neuroendocrine neoplasms in the COVID-19 era

Víctor Rodriguez-Freixinos, Jaume Capdevila, Marianne Pavel, Alia Thawer, Eric Baudin, Dermot O'Toole, Ken Herrmann, Staffan Welin, Simona Grozinsky-Glasberg, Wouter W. de Herder, Juan W. Valle, Jackie Herman, Teodora Kolarova, Catherine Bouvier, Massimo Falconi, Diego Ferone, Simron Singh

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Abstract

Neuroendocrine neoplasms (NENs) are a heterogeneous family of uncommon tumours with challenging diagnosis, clinical management and unique needs that almost always requires a multidisciplinary approach. In the absence of guidance from the scientific literature, along with the rapidly changing data available on the effect of COVID-19, we report how 12 high-volume NEN centres of expertise in 10 countries at different stages of the evolving COVID-19 global pandemic along with members of international neuroendocrine cancer patient societies have suggested to preserve high standards of care for patients with NENs. We review the multidisciplinary management of neuroendocrine neoplasms during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we suggest potential strategies to reduce risk and aid multidisciplinary treatment decision-making. By sharing our joint experiences, we aim to generate recommendations for proceeding to other institutions facing the same challenges.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)200-214
Number of pages15
JournalEuropean Journal of Cancer
Volume144
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021

Keywords

  • Carcinoid tumours
  • COVID-19
  • Gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumour
  • Lung neuroendocrine tumours
  • Neuroendocrine tumours

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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