Which cancer patients should be continuing chemotherapy during the coronavirus? | Ranjana Srivastava

Here are some questions that all chemotherapy patients should ask their oncologist

From a clinic emptied of patients but not their problems, I begin a series of phone consults, the first of which is to an increasingly fatigued man who lives alone. For a while I have rued the day someone suggested he have chemotherapy because now he has poured all his energies into having intensifying toxic treatment for a terminal illness. I know that he appreciates seeing the nurses but suddenly the stakes have risen.

Careful not to sound punitive, I say: “Let’s consider a chemotherapy break.”

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