Cancer care in the time of COVID-19 and after

Richard Van Etten, M.D., Ph.D., a stem cell transplant specialist at the University of California, Irvine, and director of its Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, says the decision to delay care depends on the type of treatment. For autologous stem cell transplants, which involve using the patient’s stem cells, continuing treatment is plausible if the patient doesn’t have COVID-19. Maintenance therapy is also an option for these patients and would allow them to undergo the procedure later.