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Neuroendocrine Carcinomas of the Genitourinary Tract – Treatment Options Are Desperately Needed… Even During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Evan Y. Yu
March 31, 2020

I’m starting this article out a bit differently than my typical Clinical Trials Portal article. Given the recent events of the world with the COVID-19 pandemic, our lives have all been significantly impacted. This includes daily patient care and clinical research activities, with significant inhibitory effects on our ability to accrue patients and maintain study-related activities for those patients who are already accrued to clinical trials. There are countless considerations for clinical trials at this time, including social distancing, limiting patient/employee touchpoints, scarcity of personal protective equipment, limited hospital bed, and operating room availability, and substantial overall stressors on our health care delivery systems. Many institutions have halted new patient accruals to clinical research trials or devised rational plans that take the above and other important considerations into account. These are critical measures at this juncture, given the potential risk to our society that COVID-19 poses. As a result of this worldwide crisis, I considered forgoing this month’s article.


Dr. Evan Yu, MD

Evan Yu, MD

Evan Yu, a medical oncologist, treats prostate, bladder, and testicular cancer, and is passionate about providing a personalized medical approach to a selection of novel therapies as well as understanding biologic mechanism of drug sensitivity and resistance.

Clinical Expertise

Medical Oncology, Translational Research, Novel molecular targeted agents, Biomarkers, Imaging (PET scans, MRI), Bone health.

  • Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Oncology, University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Member, Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
  • Clinical Research Director, Genitourinary Oncology, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
  • Medical Director, Clinical Research Service, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Consortium
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