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Tumori ; 106(2 SUPPL):69-70, 2020.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-1109856

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Background: The province of Cremona had one of the highest incidence of COVID-19 (COV-19) infection in Italy. The pandemic determined a significant shrinkage of our healthcare resources with difficulty for many patients (pts) to be assisted in the hospital, especially for the risk of being infected. Therefore, we created a homecare project for cancer pts with the aim of reducing hospitalizations, accesses to the oncology ward and emergency room. Methods: The team was composed by oncologists and nurses from the Oncology Unit of Cremona Community Hospital, supported by a secretary with a dedicated telephone number. The assistance was provided from Monday to Saturday, 9 AM-5 PM. Cancer pts were eligible if presenting confirmed diagnosis or suggestive symptoms for COV-19. A telephonic triage was performed. Cancer pts and their cohabitants were tested with at least 2 nasopharyngeal swabs (NPS). Blood test, medical examinations and vital parameters were performed. We advised screened individuals to follow the quarantine procedures, providing them with an information leaflet. We administered oral/infusional treatments, including antiviral drugs. Results: From March 23rd to April 30th 2020, 71 cancer pts were assisted at home, with a total of 191 visits. Of the 71 pts tested with NPS, 26 resulted COV-19 positive (COV-19+). 19 of COV-19+ pts had mild symptoms;7 pts with stable vital parameters and initial pneumonia were successfully treated at home with hydroxychloroquine, antivirals and NSAIDs. 7 pts with severe symptoms were promptly hospitalized. 4 of them died, 2 due to the infection, 2 to progression disease. 52 cohabitants were screened with NPS, 28 lived with a COV-19+ cancer patient;in this subgroup, 16 resulted COV-19+. 15 of them were completely asymptomatic. Conclusions: This project demonstrated the feasibility of an innovative model based on homecare assistance for COV-19+ cancer pts with mild symptoms. This strategy, limiting the number of hospital accesses for COV-19+ pts, might be useful to contain the spread of the infection. Further studies are needed to test this strategy in COV-19 negative cancer pts. Moreover, our experience indicates a high probability of identifying asymptomatic positive individuals cohabiting with COVID+ pts. NPS screening for asymptomatic subjects is not routinely performed in Italy. There is a urgent need to extend the screening to this population.

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Tumori ; 106(2 SUPPL):71-72, 2020.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-1109800

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Background: Risks associated with COVID outbreak and consequent restrictive measures taken by the Government, can cause concern and anxiety. The impact on cancer patients (pts) may be even greater. We investigated the influence of COVID pandemic on pts' perceptions, opinions and feelings during the peak of the epidemic and after the loosening of the Government restrictions. Methods: Multicenter, serial cross-sectional study conducted in 11 cancer centers located in the hardest hit Italian areas. The study is composed by 2 surveys administered to unselected adult pts receiving onsite oncologic treatments: the first during the enforcement of containment measures against COVID spread;the second upon the loosening of Government restrictions. A self-administered questionnaire composed by 11 closed questions (only 1 answer) was used. At least 1000 pts per each survey were deemed necessary. Multivariable logistic regression models will be used to identify factors associated to recorded perceptions and opinions. Main outcomes are: 1) perception of the pandemic effect on feelings 2) perception of changes in the relationship with the medical team 3) opinions on healthcare reorganization and on the information campaign. Results: The first survey was conducted between March 16th and April 30th. 1027 questionnaires were collected. Mean age was 64 years (SD 11.7), 58% were women, 49% had low educational level. 80% and 20% received i.v. and oral treatment, respectively. As for pts feelings, 45.5% indicated that their fears related to cancer had increased because hope in recovery had diminished (23%). Courage of coping with tumor was increased in 26%, unchanged in 64%;95% perceived a high availability of healthcare facilities and 97.6% declared confidence in the treating team's handling of the epidemic, while 65.3% stated that the information received from the Government and local bodies was confusing. Conclusions: Although half of the pts had more fears and concerns about the epidemic, they feel reassured, maintain trust in healthcare facilities and a good communication with doctors and nurses. Due to the epidemic's course, the second survey could not yet be performed and data will be available by June.

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Annals of Oncology ; 31:S1001-S1002, 2020.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-805783

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Background: Risks associated with COVID outbreak and consequent restrictive measures taken by the Government can cause concern and anxiety. The impact on cancer patients (pts) may be even greater. We investigated the influence of COVID pandemic on pts’ perceptions, opinions and feelings during the peak of the epidemic and after the loosening of the Government restrictions. Methods: Multicenter, serial cross-sectional study conducted in 11 cancer centers located in the hardest hit Italian areas. The study is composed by 2 surveys administered to unselected adult pts receiving onsite oncologic treatments: the first during the enforcement of containment measures against COVID spread;the second upon the loosening of Government restrictions. A self-administered questionnaire composed by 11 closed questions (only 1 answer) was used. At least 1000 pts per each survey were deemed necessary. Multivariable logistic regression models will be used to identify factors associated to recorded perceptions and opinions. Main outcomes are: 1) perception of the pandemic effect on feelings 2) perception of changes in the relationship with the medical team 3) opinions on healthcare reorganization and on the information campaign This study has been approved by all Ethical Commettees of the centers. Results: The first survey was conducted between March 16th and April 30th. 1027 questionnaires were collected. Mean age was 64 yrs (SD 11.7), 58% were women, 49% had low educational level. 80% and 20% received i.v. and oral treatment, respectively. As for pts feelings, 45.5% indicated that their fears related to cancer increased because hope in recovery diminished (23%). Courage of coping with tumor was increased in 26%, unchanged in 64%;95% perceived a high availability of healthcare facilities and 97.6% declared confidence in the treating teams, while 65.3% stated that the information received from the Government and local bodies was confusing. Conclusions: Although half of the pts had more fears and concerns about the epidemic, they feel reassured, maintain trust in healthcare facilities and a good communication with doctors and nurses. Due to the epidemic course, the second survey could not yet be performed and data will be available by June. Legal entity responsible for the study: Azienda Istituti Ospitalieri di Cremona, Italy. Funding: MEDEA, Medicina e Arte, Onlus, Cremona. Disclosure: All authors have declared no conflicts of interest.

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