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British Journal of Surgery ; 109:1, 2022.
Article in English | Web of Science | ID: covidwho-1799461
British Journal of Surgery ; 109(SUPPL 1):i47, 2022.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-1769152


Aim: The COVID-19 pandemic continues to present unprecedented challenges for healthcare systems. This has resulted in the pragmatic shift in practice of plastic surgery units worldwide. Many units reported a significant fall in urgent melanoma referrals, leading to patients presenting with advanced disease. Our objective was to evaluate our unit's experience with both non-invasive and invasive melanoma during the COVID-19 pandemic and compare it to the UK, mainland Europe and North America. Method: A Retrospective chart review was performed on all patients diagnosed with invasive and non-invasive cutaneous melanoma between March to December of 2019 (control) compared to 2020 (COVID-19 pandemic) in a single plastic surgery unit in Ireland. Results: A total of 589 patients were included in the study. Of these, 314 (53%) with invasive melanoma, compared to 275 (47%) with noninvasive disease. Overall, more patients were diagnosed with both invasive and non-invasive melanoma in 2020 than 2019 (p<0.05). However, significantly longer waiting times in 2020 (64 days) compared to 2019 (28 days) (p<0.05) with the majority of referral being from GP in 2019 (83%) compared to 61% in 2020. Positive sentinel lymph node was higher in 2019 at 56% (n=28) compared to 24% (n=22) in 2020. There was no statistically significant difference in the tutor characteristics or metastasis status. Conclusions: Our study highlights that with prompt efficient restructuring of services, including governmental agreement to utilise private sector to continue urgent elective surgery, virtual triaging and follow-up and most importantly virtual complex skin multidisciplinary team meeting, we could reserve successful management of skin cancer even in the most devastating times.

JPRAS Open ; 31: 72-75, 2022 Mar.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1565604