As COVID-19 cases continue to surge across the nation, hospitals in some regions are at or near capacity. Health care workers are stressed, and supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE)—masks, gowns and shields—are in short supply in some areas. 

To help relieve the pressure and free up resources, public health agencies, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the U.S. Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services and other public health agencies have recommended that hospitals postpone or suspend elective surgeries and other procedures not considered immediately necessary.

When it comes to cancer, patients need to know that few procedures are considered optional.

Here is what cancer patients should about cancer care and elective procedures.

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