LUNGevity spoke with Jessica Donington, MD, MSCR, who answered several questions about COVID-19 and lung cancer surgery from her perspective as a thoracic surgeon at the University of Chicago. It is important to note that the conversation took place on April 5, as issues around the COVID-19 pandemic can change rapidly.
Below are the questions addressed in the accompanying video:
- As a thoracic surgeon, what are the top five things you would tell a lung cancer patient about COVID-19?
- I am scheduled for lung surgery. Should I delay it?
- If I don’t have surgery now for my stage IB lung cancer, what will happen?
- I finished my lung surgery in February. I was supposed to start adjuvant chemotherapy. Should I wait?
- I was supposed to start radiation therapy after my surgery. Should I wait?
- This is an incredibly stressful and isolating time for the lung cancer community. Any advice on how to manage stress and anxiety?
- What is your message of hope for the community?