Cancer surgeries still a go; telemedicine gets a boost

COVID-19 changes the way cancer patients, physicians think about treatment.

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State News

April 28, 2020 - 10:00 AM

Cancer Center of Kansas near Wesley Medical Center in Wichita

WICHITA — Doctors diagnosed Courtney Buchmann’s breast cancer on March 6, three days before the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Kansas.

Buchmann worried, as hospitals braced for an overflow of coronavirus patients, whether the potentially life-saving surgery she suddenly needed would be deemed elective.

Instead, a quick shift to online consultations with her doctors, the surgery went ahead without much change.

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