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Journal of Thoracic Oncology ; 16(10):S881, 2021.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-1482770


Introduction: Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, health care system was readjusted and thoracic cancer patients with COVID-19 were studied in international registries. In patients with malignant thoracic neoplasms the differential diagnosis is complex, due to the location of the disease and symptoms related to cancer. Age, smoking status, comorbidities, previous corticotherapy treatment, performance status and stage of thoracic malignancies have been described as prognostic factors. Some registries and series of COVID-19 in thoracic malignancy patients reported mortality rates of 26% (CCC-19), 32% (TERAVOLT), 39% (UKCCMP) and even 47% (Dutch Oncology COVID-19 Consortium). A national survey on the impact of COVID-19 in lung cancer patients' treatment has been presented by the Portuguese Lung Cancer Study Group. However, a national study of COVID-19 patients with thoracic malignancies has not been done. Objectives: To access the frequency and severity of COVID-19 in Portuguese patients with thoracic malignancies, and to study clinical manifestations, intensive care admission and factors associated with a worst outcome. Methods: LUNGCOVID is a multicenter national observational study. Patients with primary thoracic malignancy, age 18-years-old and SARS-CoV-2 infection diagnosed by reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction or antigenic test since March 2020, will be eligible. Clinicopathological characteristics will be accessed by reviewing medical records. The variables to be studied are: age, sex, performance status, smoking habits, presence of comorbidities, previous corticotherapy treatment, factors related to the underlying cancer disease (stage of the disease, histological type), treatments, previous chest radiotherapy, oncologic systemic treatment, COVID-19 symptoms, need of intensive care admission and survival. Results: Section not applicable Conclusion: Section not applicable. Keywords: SARS-CoV-2, thoracic tumors, Outcome

Annals of Oncology ; 32:S1155-S1156, 2021.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-1432914


Background: The onset of COVID-19 pandemic forced lockdown and halted breast cancer screening programs. We aimed to investigate the impact of COVID-19 on the new diagnosis and staging of breast cancer. Methods: In this cohort study, we included all patient with new diagnosis of breast cancer who were admitted to our Hospital (Hospital Pedro Hispano, Matosinhos, Portugal), between March 2019 and March 2021. We collected data on baseline clinical conditions such as age, stage at diagnosis and treatment. We created two different groups were created: 1st group- before COVID-19 pandemia (March 1, 2019 to March 16, 2020);2nd group - COVID-19 pandemia (March 17, 2020 to March 31, 2021). A comparative assessment between groups was carried out. Results: Were included 483 patients;n=289 in the 1st group and n= 194 in the 2nd group. The median age was 60 years old in the 1st group and 59 years old in the 2nd group. In the 1st group, 13% patients were diagnosis with ductal in situ carcinoma (DCIS), 51% in stage I, 24% in stage II, 9.5% in stage III and 3% in stage IV. In 2nd group, 9% had DCIS, 30% were in stage I, 40% in stage II, 11% in stage III and 10% in stage IV. Stage at diagnosis was significantly higher in the 2nd group (p< 0.001) This situation was mainly due to tumour size (T). In the 1st group, most patients (n=91;38%) had tumour size between 10 e 20mm (T1c in TNM classification). One the other hand, 40% (n=78) of patients included in the 2nd group had tumour size between 20 e 50mm (T2), with significant differences between them (p=0.004). No difference was found between groups in nodular involvement (p=0.189), with the majority of patients (∼50% in both groups) presenting without nodular involvement (N0 in TMN classification). 10% of patients in 2nd group and 3% in 1st group had metastatic disease at diagnosis, with differences between them (p=0.006). 49% (n=119) of patients in 1st group and 52% (n=100) in the 2nd group were treated with chemotherapy, without differences between those groups. Conclusions: Our results show that during one year after COVID-19 pandemia the incidence of breast cancer decreased, and patients were diagnosis in more advanced stages. This situation could have been related to patient referral to non COVID-19 Hospitals or correspond to a true sub-diagnosis. Legal entity responsible for the study: M. Vilaça. Funding: Has not received any funding. Disclosure: All authors have declared no conflicts of interest.

Journal of Thoracic Oncology ; 16(3):S285-S286, 2021.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-1159457


Introduction: The first patient with COVID-19 in Portugal was diagnosed on March 2. There was a lack of knowledge concerning the risks of COVID-19 infection in lung cancer patients, prognostic factors, the influence of cancer treatments and cure criteria. Treatments and consultations were readjusted in order to maintain the ones that increase patients’ survival, while reducing the risks of SARS-CoV-2 infection. International and national “guidelines” were followed, but each hospital had its own strategies to reduce COVID-19 risk. Purpose: The Portuguese Lung Cancer Study Group launched a survey in order to study the early impact of COVID-19 in lung cancer patients, changes in treatments and the way of implementation of COVID-free circuits. Methods: A survey was sent to lung cancer doctors of all the Portuguese hospitals. Results: At the data cut-off, information from twenty one hospitals was collected, corresponding to about 66% (n=3.446) of each year new diagnoses of lung cancer in Portugal. In March and April there was a reduction in newly lung cancer diagnosed patients while comparing with 2019: in March, 86% had a reduction;in April, 90% of the hospitals reported a reduction and it was greater than 40% in eight hospitals (38%). About 62% of the doctors considered less referral from primary care as a cause, and 33% delayed biopsies or other imaging exams. The most difficult exams to obtain were CT guided biopsies and EBUS for 48%. The majority of the hospitals (57%) were also referral for COVID-19 patients’ treatment. In 48% of the lung cancer treating departments’ there were doctors reallocated to COVID-19 treatment areas. In 48% the assistance teams were divided into teams that weren’t previously working together. The majority of doctors (90%) reported having individual protection equipment available. Hospitals performed teleconsultation (100%), and, in seven hospitals (33%), more than half of the consultations were done using communication technology. All the hospitals were able to perform SARS-CoV-2 testing. It was done before every cycle of chemotherapy in 90% of the hospitals. In the majority (67%) it was only performed before day D1, in D1 and D8 chemotherapy protocols. About 19% reported changes in prescription of adjuvant chemotherapy and in maintenance chemotherapy, 33% increased the prescription of oral chemotherapy, 33% changed the periodicity, 29% reported reduction in inclusion in clinical trials. In 33% there was an earlier end of chemotherapy in ECOG2 and vulnerable patients. In 38% the prescription of G-CSF (Granulocity-colony stimulating factor) increased, being used for prophylaxis if the risk of febrile neutropenia was more than 10-15%. The periodicity of consultations was changed for patients under TKI treatment in 86%, and 67% hospitals reported changes in immune checkpoint inhibitor treatment schedule. In 29% oral drugs could be delivered at patients’ home. All the patients admitted for surgery were tested for SARS-CoV-2, and 86% performed SARS-COV-2 testing before radiotherapy. Conclusion: Portuguese hospitals responded to the sudden need of creation of COVID-free circuits, change protocols and even teleconsultation. With a larger follow up we will study the late consequences of COVID-19 pandemic in lung cancer diagnosis and treatment. Keywords: COVID-19, survey, Portuguese Lung Cancer Study Group