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Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on care of oncological patients: experience of a cancer center in a Latin American pandemic epicenter

Overview of attention for article published in Einstein (São Paulo), December 2020
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Title
Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on care of oncological patients: experience of a cancer center in a Latin American pandemic epicenter
Published in
Einstein (São Paulo), December 2020
DOI 10.31744/einstein_journal/2021ao6282
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Authors

Sérgio Eduardo Alonso Araujo, Alessandro Leal, Ana Fernanda Yamazaki Centrone, Vanessa Damazio Teich, Daniel Tavares Malheiro, Adriana Serra Cypriano, Miguel Cendoroglo, Sidney Klajner

Abstract

Since the rising of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, there is uncertainty regarding the impact of transmission to cancer patients. Evidence on increased severity for patients undergoing antineoplastic treatment is posed against deferring oncologic treatment. We aimed to evaluate the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on patient volumes in a cancer center in an epicenter of the pandemic. Outpatient and inpatient volumes were extracted from electronic health record database. Two intervals were compared: pre-COVID-19 (March to May 2019) and COVID-19 pandemic (March to May 2020) periods. The total number of medical appointments declined by 45% in the COVID-19 period, including a 56.2% decrease in new visits. There was a 27.5% reduction in the number of patients undergoing intravenous systemic treatment and a 57.4% decline in initiation of new treatments. Conversely, there was an increase by 309% in new patients undergoing oral chemotherapy regimens and a 5.9% rise in new patients submitted to radiation therapy in the COVID-19 period. There was a 51.2% decline in length of stay and a 60% reduction in the volume of surgical cases during COVID-19. In the stem cell transplant unit, we observed a reduction by 36.5% in length of stay and a 62.5% drop in stem cell transplants. A significant decrease in the number of patients undergoing cancer treatment was observed after COVID-19 pandemic. Although this may be partially overcome by alternative therapeutic options, avoiding timely health care due to fear of getting COVID-19 infection might impact on clinical outcomes. Our findings may help support immediate actions to mitigate this hypothesis.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 50 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 7 14%
Other 5 10%
Researcher 4 8%
Student > Ph. D. Student 4 8%
Student > Master 4 8%
Other 10 20%
Unknown 16 32%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 16 32%
Social Sciences 3 6%
Nursing and Health Professions 3 6%
Design 2 4%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 2 4%
Other 7 14%
Unknown 17 34%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 4. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 05 January 2021.
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#5,497,875
of 18,096,829 outputs
Outputs from Einstein (São Paulo)
#51
of 320 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#157,661
of 415,650 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Einstein (São Paulo)
#3
of 13 outputs
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