In conclusion, prevention and control measures for the outbreak of COVID-19 have postponed the diagnosis and treatment of patients with NPC, which may affect the prognosis of patients to a certain extent, or increase unnecessary treatment intensity of patients. Timely and effective treatment for patients with high-risk recurrence under the controlling measure of the COVID-19 was needed so as to ensure the efficacy of these patients. And we call for the introduction of guidance related to the diagnosis and treatment of NPC with more detailed supervision to deal with the impact of COVID-19 control measures. It is worth noting the efficacy of patients during the epidemic period with long-term follow-up.

Ethics and Consent Statements

This study was approved by the Ethical Committee and Institutional Review Board of Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Centre (FDUSCC). The method was based on approved guidelines. Informed consent was written by all participants.

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We thank all the patients who consented to the study and the anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments.


The authors report no conflicts of interest in this work.

Youqi Yang, Chunying Shen, Chaosu Hu
Department of Radiation Oncology, Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Center, Department of Oncology, Shanghai Medical College, Shanghai 200032, People’s Republic of China
Correspondence: Chaosu Hu No. 270, Dong’an Road, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China
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Originally published May 7, 2020.

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