At the end of January 2020, a novel betacoronavirus, known as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, progressively spread in Italy. Patients with cancer are considered more prone to infections because of the immunosuppressive status due to both malignancy and anticancer treatments. From the first Italian government restrictions (23rd February), Modena Cancer Center adopted practical health vigilance recommendations to minimise the risk of exposure to the virus without overlooking cancer management. From 23rd February to 31st March 2020, 1257 patients on active anticancer treatment for oncological or haematological malignancies attended our institution. All the staff activities were rescheduled following our practical coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) guideline. During this period, we have tallied 9 cases of COVID-19 infection (0.71%) in patients with cancer and 3 cases (1.66%) in health workers. The mortality rate of our patients with cancer was 22%, consistent with the data reported in the literature. In conclusion, following our practical health vigilance recommendations, physicians should be confident in maintaining life-saving anticancer treatment without exceedingly increasing the risk of nosocomial COVID-19 infection. The high rate of mortality suggested that all patients on active anticancer treatment with flu-like symptoms have to be carefully screened for COVID-19 infection.

Cancer treatment during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic: Do not postpone, do it! / Omarini, C.; Maur, M.; Luppi, G.; Narni, F.; Luppi, M.; Dominici, M.; Longo, G.; Piacentini, F.. - In: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CANCER. - ISSN 0959-8049. - 133(2020), pp. 29-32. [10.1016/j.ejca.2020.04.034]

Cancer treatment during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic: Do not postpone, do it!

Omarini C.;Maur M.;Narni F.;Luppi M.;Dominici M.;Piacentini F.
2020

Abstract

At the end of January 2020, a novel betacoronavirus, known as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, progressively spread in Italy. Patients with cancer are considered more prone to infections because of the immunosuppressive status due to both malignancy and anticancer treatments. From the first Italian government restrictions (23rd February), Modena Cancer Center adopted practical health vigilance recommendations to minimise the risk of exposure to the virus without overlooking cancer management. From 23rd February to 31st March 2020, 1257 patients on active anticancer treatment for oncological or haematological malignancies attended our institution. All the staff activities were rescheduled following our practical coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) guideline. During this period, we have tallied 9 cases of COVID-19 infection (0.71%) in patients with cancer and 3 cases (1.66%) in health workers. The mortality rate of our patients with cancer was 22%, consistent with the data reported in the literature. In conclusion, following our practical health vigilance recommendations, physicians should be confident in maintaining life-saving anticancer treatment without exceedingly increasing the risk of nosocomial COVID-19 infection. The high rate of mortality suggested that all patients on active anticancer treatment with flu-like symptoms have to be carefully screened for COVID-19 infection.
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Cancer treatment during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic: Do not postpone, do it! / Omarini, C.; Maur, M.; Luppi, G.; Narni, F.; Luppi, M.; Dominici, M.; Longo, G.; Piacentini, F.. - In: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CANCER. - ISSN 0959-8049. - 133(2020), pp. 29-32. [10.1016/j.ejca.2020.04.034]
Omarini, C.; Maur, M.; Luppi, G.; Narni, F.; Luppi, M.; Dominici, M.; Longo, G.; Piacentini, F.
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