publication date: Oct. 23, 2020

Takeaway from the AACI annual meeting: How cancer centers adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic

By Alexandria Carolan

This story is part of The Cancer Letter’s ongoing coverage of COVID-19’s impact on oncology. A full list of our coverage is available here.

In March, COVID-19 threatened to bring research at cancer centers to a halt.

Rapidly, cancer centers adapted to the demands of the pandemic—and learned how to scale up, restoring operations in patient care, research, and career development.

“This type of historic event, the pandemic, actually allowed us to leverage our education and training activities that we probably hadn’t been thinking about, or were going to pursue in the future using online platforms,” Anil K. Rustgi, director of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center and associate dean of oncology and chief of cancer services, said at the annual meeting of the American Association of Cancer Institutes and Cancer Center Administrators Forum Oct. 12.

Rustgi was speaking at one of the meeting’s opening sessions, “Maintaining Cancer Center Excellence and Momentum in the Age of COVID,” which focused on how cancer centers not only succeeded in carrying out their missions in spite of COVID-19, but also were able to expand care delivery.

The panel included Rustgi, Steven K. Libutti, director of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Stephen D. Nimer, director of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Health System, and Erin N. Kobetz,

associate director for population science and cancer disparity at Sylvester.

“Though most of this infrastructure and our engaged team members are generally organized around cancer, this unprecedented moment in history provided an opportunity to expand … Continue reading Takeaway from the AACI annual meeting: How cancer centers adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic

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