What are the COVID-19 guidelines on treatment planning for head and neck mucosal melanomas?

Updated: May 07, 2020
  • Author: Neeraj N Mathur, MBBS, MS, DNB(ENT), MNAMS, FAMS; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Decision making

National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines should be used to guide decision making in a multidisciplinary setting. Consider risks of COVID-19 infection to the patient, health-care workers, and the community.

Timing of surgery

Decisions regarding the timing of surgery require weighing the risks of disease progression against the risk of COVID-19 infection and availability of resources.

Use of microvascular reconstruction

Carefully consider the necessity of microvascular reconstruction. In some cases, alternative forms of reconstruction may be appropriate. Decisions regarding reconstructive options should take into account the availability of institutional resources.


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