The Challenge of COVID-19: The Biological Characteristics and Outcomes in a Series of 130 Breast Cancer Patients Operated on During the Pandemic

Saad Abdalla Al-Zawi, Abdalla and Assad, Amira and Fisher, Rebecca and Clayton, Gill and Syed, Abdul and Barron, Marina and Idaewor, Phillip and Salih, Ali and Elamass, Mohamed and Aladili, Zina and Menon, Jay and Uddin, Aaliya and Gee, Hilary and Bonner, Denise and Merron, Helen and Duncombe, Karen and Campaner, Gabriel and Alkistawi, Firas and Targett, John and Eleti, Sudhakar R. and Comez, Turhan and Smith, Simon and Thomas, Harun and Lovett, Bryony and Chicken, Wayne (2020) The Challenge of COVID-19: The Biological Characteristics and Outcomes in a Series of 130 Breast Cancer Patients Operated on During the Pandemic. Chirurgia, 115 (4). p. 458. ISSN 1842–368X

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.21614/chirurgia.115.4.458

Abstract

Background: The worldwide outbreak of the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) emerged in Wuhan, China close to the end of 2019. We analyse the clinical characteristics and management outcomes of a small group of patients who have been treated in the early stage of the COVID-19 disease, and discuss the impact of the pandemic on the service delivered to breast cancer patients. Material & Methods: We analysed a cohort of 130 breast cancer patients who underwent elective surgical procedures during the early period of COVID-19. The patients were operated on in the period from March 16th, 2020 to May 18th, 2020. Results: All the patients were female, with an age range of 33-88 years, with a median age of 57.6 years. Most of the cases were admitted as a day case surgery after passing through a preoperative screening pathway, which was developed gradually. Patients were contacted by phone after their surgery to ensure that they have had no symptoms and were reviewed in person two weeks after the procedure with histology results. Only one patient developed COVID-19 symptoms after surgery and recovered. Conclusions: Early and careful implementation of modified practice policies during emerging situation of viral pandemics will reduce the risk of perioperative complications, reduce the risk of patient to staff to patient transmission and minimize the negative impact of COVID-19 on breast cancer management.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: COVID-19, SARS-CoV, MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV2, ACE2, breast cancer
Faculty: Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine & Social Care
COVID-19 Research Collection
Depositing User: Lisa Blanshard
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2020 14:40
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2020 12:29
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/705980

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