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Ensuring the best care to cancer patients in the COVID-19 pandemic era: insights and challenges.
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  • Paolo Baldo,
  • Sara Cecco,
  • Diana Crestan,
  • Sara Francescon,
  • Elisa Giacomin,
  • Liana Dalmas,
  • Paola Molin,
  • Fabio Puglisi
Paolo Baldo
CRO Aviano Centro Riferimento Oncologico
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Sara Cecco
Centro di Riferimento Oncologico
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Diana Crestan
Centro di Riferimento Oncologico
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Sara Francescon
Centro di Riferimento Oncologico
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Elisa Giacomin
Centro di Riferimento Oncologico
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Liana Dalmas
Centro di Riferimento Oncologico
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Paola Molin
University of Udine
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Fabio Puglisi
Centro di Riferimento Oncologico
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Abstract

On 11/3/2020, the World Health Organization declared that COVID-19 is a pandemic emergency. In this scenario, cancer patients are to be considered at higher risk, being fragile and often with disease-related or treatment-induced immunodepression. Furthermore, this health emergency generates a harmful psychological impact on these patients, who fear a lot about losing the continuity of cancer therapy. This fact must be carefully considered by health personnel, especially in countries where heavy risk containment and social distancing measures, the only epidemiological strategies currently considered adequate, are in force. In short, this is a very delicate challenge for health professionals engaged in oncology. Here, we report some insights and challenges that healthcare professionals face daily in caring for cancer patients.

Peer review status:UNDER REVIEW

14 May 2020Submitted to Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
18 May 2020Assigned to Editor
18 May 2020Submission Checks Completed
18 May 2020Reviewer(s) Assigned
25 Jun 2020Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending