Korea shares guidelines on lung cancer surgery in COVID-19 era

2020.05.19 15:17:50 | 2020.05.19 15:18:18

Dr. Jheon Sang-hoon이미지 확대

Dr. Jheon Sang-hoon

A Korean medical doctor went live online to share his presentation on Asia’s standard guidelines on lung cancer surgery in the COVID-19 era during the 2020 STS (Society of Thoracic Surgeons) Global Summit held on May 4.

Dr. Jheon Sang-hoon, Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, formed a panel of 26 thoracic surgeons from 10 major Asian countries to share and organize lessons learned from the in Asia and gathered opinions for the guidelines based on the Delphi method which seeks to consolidate expert insights by repeating questions to the same respondents.

The guidelines, which include recommended surgery of lung cancer during the pandemic, high-risk procedures requiring self-control, and post-operative patient care, are significant as they underscore the importance of collaboration among healthcare providers when the virus spread spikes or wanes depending on regions.

Key lessons were also presented in a consensus statement to Asian Society for Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery (ASCVTS) led by Dr. Jheon.

Dr. Jheon participated in the global webinar titled ‘Global Summit on Reactivating Cardiothoracic Surgery Programs’ as a representative for Asian countries to share his insights with society leaders from the U.S. and Europe.

He also received a lot of attention from experts from around the world by sharing experiences in responding to COVID-19 in Korea and other major Asian countries, strategies for minimizing damage from a second wave, and strategies for treating severe patients who are not diagnosed with COVID-19.

By Lee Byung-moon and Minu Kim

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