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Curr Opin Support Palliat Care ; 16(3): 110-116, 2022 09 01.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1985208

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PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Over the past 2 years, the COVID-19 pandemic has had short-term and long-term effects on the delivery of cancer care. Some European countries faced an unprecedented widespread crisis during the first year of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, only being able afterwards to gradually recover, thanks to the improvement in preventive measures, changes in public health and reactive processes in cancer care and a better understanding of the ongoing heath emergency. RECENT FINDINGS: The development of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines and COVID-19 specific treatments, the growing testing and tracking capability to limit virus diffusion, and research efforts to better define areas of action have all greatly limited the negative impact of the health emergency on routine cancer care.The need to protect those more vulnerable and to ensure continuity of care for oncology patients has been balanced across the pandemic, with the aim to guarantee an optimal standard of care. SUMMARY: This article aims to provide an overview on the evolving scenario of cancer care throughout the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, focusing on the particular features that characterized the pandemic course as well as the main differences that were observed across it.


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COVID-19 , Neoplasms , COVID-19/epidemiology , COVID-19 Vaccines , Europe/epidemiology , Humans , Neoplasms/epidemiology , Neoplasms/therapy , Pandemics/prevention & control , SARS-CoV-2
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In Vivo ; 35(1): 635-639, 2021.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1011856

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BACKGROUND/AIM: The perspective validation of a selective approach in patients undergoing breast cancer surgery was performed in order to assess whether patients as well as Health Care Workers (HCWs) were exposed to any undue risk of COVD-19 infection. PATIENTS AND METHODS: From March 9th to June 9th 2020, 207 patients were phone-triaged by a dedicated Breast Care Nurse; a patient-tailored program was adopted with the aim of avoiding hospitalization of SARS-CoV-2 symptomatic patients, with a careful prioritization of surgical procedures according to specific disease features. RESULTS: Two hundred and three out of 207 patients underwent operation; seven patients were temporarily excluded because they tested positive at phone triage (n=3), or in-hospital triage (n=3); another asymptomatic patient with negative NP swab tested IgM Ab-positive so that surgery was re-scheduled two weeks later. Four patients had no surgery; one of them was reconsidered for neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) after testing positive at phone triage; three patients were excluded because they were already hospitalized for COVID-19. Overall, mean in-hospital stay was 2.2 days (±SD, 0.7) and, after hospital discharge, no patient required readmission. CONCLUSION: This preventive program avoided any COVID-19 infection among patients and HCWs, so that an elective breast cancer surgical procedure can be safely and timely pursued without affecting the oncologic outcome.


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Breast Neoplasms/surgery , COVID-19/prevention & control , Health Personnel/statistics & numerical data , Mastectomy/methods , Preventive Health Services/methods , SARS-CoV-2/isolation & purification , Adult , Breast Neoplasms/therapy , COVID-19/epidemiology , COVID-19/virology , Female , Humans , Length of Stay/statistics & numerical data , Medical Oncology/methods , Middle Aged , Pandemics , Reproducibility of Results , SARS-CoV-2/physiology , Triage/methods
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In Vivo ; 34(3 Suppl): 1667-1673, 2020 Jun.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-527842

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BACKGROUND: COVID-19 pandemic required a marked re-allocation of healthcare resources, including at Breast Units. A patient-tailored program was developed to assess its efficacy regarding prevention of COVID-19 infection among patients with breast cancer undergoing surgery and healthcare workers (HCWs). PATIENTS AND METHODS: From March 9th to April 9th 2020, 91 patients were selected for elective surgery by means of: i) Pre-hospital screening aimed at avoiding hospitalization of symptomatic or suspicious COVID-19 patients, and ii) prioritisation of surgical procedure according to specific disease features. RESULTS: Eighty-five patients (93.4%) were fit for surgery, while five patients (5.5%) were temporarily excluded through 'telephone triage'; another two patients were excluded at in-hospital triage. A total of 71 out of 85 patients (83.5%) were diagnosed with invasive cancer, most of whom were undergoing breast-conserving surgery (61 out of 85 patients, 71.8%). The mean in-hospital stay was 2.2 days (SD=0.7 days). After hospital discharge, no patient needed re-admission due to post-operative complications; moreover, no COVID-19 infection among patients or HCWs was detected. CONCLUSION: Safe breast cancer surgery was accomplished for both patients and HCWs by means of a careful preoperative selection of patients and in-hospital preventative measures. This screening program can be transferred to high-volume Breast Units and it may be useful in implementing European Community recommendations for prevention of COVID-19 infection.


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Breast Neoplasms/surgery , Carcinoma/surgery , Coronavirus Infections/prevention & control , Elective Surgical Procedures/statistics & numerical data , Infection Control/methods , Mastectomy/statistics & numerical data , Pandemics/prevention & control , Patient Selection , Pneumonia, Viral/prevention & control , Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols/therapeutic use , Breast Neoplasms/drug therapy , Breast Neoplasms/epidemiology , Breast Neoplasms/nursing , COVID-19 , COVID-19 Testing , Carcinoma/drug therapy , Carcinoma/epidemiology , Carcinoma/nursing , Clinical Laboratory Techniques , Combined Modality Therapy , Coronavirus Infections/diagnosis , Female , Hospital Units/organization & administration , Humans , Italy/epidemiology , Length of Stay/statistics & numerical data , Lymphatic Metastasis/diagnostic imaging , Lymphoscintigraphy , Mastectomy, Segmental/statistics & numerical data , Neoadjuvant Therapy , Patient Discharge , Protective Devices , Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy , Symptom Assessment , Telemedicine , Triage
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