Ensuring safety and sustainability of radiotherapy services during the COVID-19 pandemic in resources constrain country: An Indonesian experience

Handoko, Tiara Bunga Mayang Permata, Angela Giselvania, Endang Nuryadi, Steven Octavianus, Vito Filbert Jayalie, Nicholas, Novi Elis Khumaesa, Putri Maharani, Fielda Djuita, I. G.A.G.Mahendra Wijaya, Yuddi Wahyono, Sugandi Hartanto, Rika Ruhama, Fathiya Juwita Hanum, Christina Hari Nawangsih P, Elia Aditya Bani Kuncoro, Fatmasari, Ulinta Purwati Pasaribu, Lulus HandayaniAida Lufti Huswatun, Novina Fortunata, Arry Setyawan, Ericko Ekaputra, Adji Kusumadjati, Faisal Adam, Dini Andriani Pramitasari, Rita Budianti, Rosmita Ginting, Rudiyo, Nuraini Mutrikah, Isnaniah, Nadia Christina, Arundito Widikusumo, Nurul Fitri, Annisa Febi Indarti, Siti Khotimah, Soehartati A. Gondhowiardjo

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Abstract

The global COVID-19 pandemic has placed a significant burden on the healthcare sector, overwhelming health services in affected countries worldwide. As healthcare facilities reorganize their services to adapt to this challenging problem, it is important that the sustainability of essential oncology services, including radiotherapy, is maintained. This article describes the Indonesian experience in ensuring sustainability of radiotherapy services during the pandemic, highlighting various important adjustments which were made to allow radiotherapy centers nationwide to continue operating while protecting staff and patients from the risk of disease transmission. As the backlog of patients waiting to start treatment will inevitably grow, some insight on how to proactively manage this issue will also be described.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-60
Number of pages4
JournalRadiotherapy and Oncology
Volume150
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2020

Keywords

  • Adjustment
  • COVID-19 pandemic
  • Crisis
  • Radiotherapy
  • Sustainability

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    Handoko, Permata, T. B. M., Giselvania, A., Nuryadi, E., Octavianus, S., Jayalie, V. F., Nicholas, Khumaesa, N. E., Maharani, P., Djuita, F., Wijaya, I. G. A. G. M., Wahyono, Y., Hartanto, S., Ruhama, R., Hanum, F. J., Nawangsih P, C. H., Kuncoro, E. A. B., Fatmasari, Pasaribu, U. P., ... Gondhowiardjo, S. A. (2020). Ensuring safety and sustainability of radiotherapy services during the COVID-19 pandemic in resources constrain country: An Indonesian experience. Radiotherapy and Oncology, 150, 57-60. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.radonc.2020.05.044