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Journal of Thoracic Oncology ; 18(3 Supplement):e19-e20, 2023.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-2232078


Background: Poor prognosis of lung cancer is linked to its late diagnosis, typically in the advanced stage 4 in 50-70% of incidental cases. Lung Cancer Screening Programs provide low-dose lung CT screening to current and former smokers who are at high risk for developing this disease. Greece is an EU country, returning strong from a long period of economic recession, ranked 2nd place in overall age-standardized tobacco smoking prevalence in the EU. In December 2020, at the Metropolitan Hospital of Athens, we started the 1st Screening Program in the country. We present our initial results and pitfalls met. Method(s): A weekly outpatient clinic offers consultation to possible candidates. LDCT (<=3.0mGy), Siemens VIA, Artificial Intelligence multi-computer-aided diagnosis (multi-CAD) system and LungRADS (v.1.1) are used for the validation of any abnormal findings with semi-auto measurement of volume and volume doubling time. Patients get connected when necessary with the smoking cessation and Pulmonology clinic. USPSTF guidelines are used, (plus updated version). Abnormal CT findings are discussed by an MDT board with radiologists, pulmonologists/interventional pulmonologists, oncologists and thoracic surgeons. A collaboration with Fairlife Lung Cancer Care the first non-profit organization in Greece is done, in order to offer the program to population with low income too. An advertisement campaign was organized to inform family doctors and the people about screening programs, together with an anti-tobacco campaign. Result(s): 106 people were screened, 74 males & 32 females (mean age 62yo), 27/106 had an abnormal finding (25%). 2 were diagnosed with a resectable lung cancer tumor (primary adenocarcinoma) of early-stage (1.8%). 2 with extended SCLC (lung lesion & mediastinal adenopathy). 1 with multiple nodules (pancreatic cancer not known until then). 3 patients with mediastinal and hilar lymphadenopathy (2 diagnosed with lymphoma, 1 with sarcoidosis). 19 patients were diagnosed with pulmonary nodules (RADS 2-3, 17%) - CT follow up algorithm. Conclusion(s): We are presenting our initial results, from the first lung cancer screening program in Greece. Greece represents a country many smokers, who also started smoking at a young age, with a both public and private health sector, returning from a long period of economic recession. COVID-19 pandemia has cause practical difficulties along the way. LDCT with AI software, with an MDT board and availability of modern diagnostic and therapeutic alternatives should be considered as essential. A collaboration spirit with other hospitals around the country is being built, in order to share current experience and expertise. Copyright © 2022

ESMO Open ; 6(3): 100131, 2021 06.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1242977


BACKGROUND: European Society for Medical Oncology Women for Oncology (ESMO W4O) research has previously shown under-representation of female oncologists in leadership roles. As early reports suggested disproportionate effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on women, the ESMO W4O Committee initiated a study on the impact of the pandemic on the lives of female and male oncologists. METHODS: A questionnaire was sent to ESMO members and put on the ESMO website between 8 June 2020 and 2 July 2020. Questions focused on the working (hospital tasks, laboratory tasks, science) and home (household management, childcare, parent care, personal care) lives of oncologists during and after COVID-19-related lockdowns. RESULTS: Of 649 respondents, 541 completed the questionnaire. Of these, 58% reported that COVID-19 had affected their professional career, 83% of whom said this was in a negative way (85% of women versus 76% of men). Approximately 86% reported that COVID-19 had changed their personal life and 82% their family life. Women were again significantly more affected than men: personal life (89% versus 78%; P = 0.001); family life (84% versus 77%; P = 0.037). During lockdowns, women reported increased time spent on hospital and laboratory tasks compared with men (53% versus 46% and 33% versus 26%, respectively) and a significantly higher proportion of women than men spent less time on science (39% versus 25%) and personal care (58% versus 39%). After confinement, this trend remained for science (42% versus 23%) and personal care (55% versus 36%). CONCLUSIONS: The COVID-19 pandemic has adversely affected the professional and home lives of oncologists, especially women. Reduced research time for female oncologists may have long-lasting career consequences, especially for those at key stages in their career. The gender gap for promotion to leadership positions may widen further as a result of the pandemic.

COVID-19 , Adult , Communicable Disease Control , Female , Humans , Male , Medical Oncology , Middle Aged , Oncologists , Pandemics , SARS-CoV-2 , Surveys and Questionnaires , Young Adult