Muhammet Kadri Çolakoğlu1, Volkan Öter1, Erdal Birol Bostancı1, Mehmet Mahir Özmen2, Kaya Sarıbeyoğlu3

1Department of Gastrointestinal Surgery, Health Sciences University, Ankara City Hospital, Ankara, Turkey
2Department of Surgery, Istinye University School of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey
3Department of Surgery, Carl-thiem-klinikum, Cottbus, Germany


Since December 2019, the world has been battling the COVID-19 pandemic, and health workers are at the forefront of the fight. Surgeons also fulfill their duty; however, elective cases had to be postponed in order to use resources appropriately in the fight against coronavirus. Although benign elective surgical procedures can be postponed to a distant time during this pandemic, surgical interventions for urgent and life-threatening situations are mandatory to perform but the main uncertainty among surgeons is about cancer patients. In this paper, we aimed to present a suggestion to the surgeon about how to manage digestive system cancers during pandemic in the light of the published articles and guidelines.

Keywords: COVID-19, coronavirus, pandemic, digestive system, cancer, malign

Cite this article as: Çolakoğlu MK, Öter V, Bostancı EB, Özmen MM, Sarıbeyoğlu K. Surgical management of digestive system cancers during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic: review of general suggestions. Turk J Surg 2020; 36 (2): 121-131.


Conflict of Interest

The author have no conflicts of interest to declare.

Financial Disclosure

The author declared that this study has received no financial support.