Worldwide, the coronavirus 19 disease pandemic caused a worse chance of a timely diagnosis for cancer patients. We conducted a retrospective analysis of new diagnoses registered in the national pediatric oncology database, comparing the first lockdown period (March-May 2020) with the same period of 2015-2019. The total number of cases (0-19 years) dropped by 20.8% (from 441 between 2015 and 2019 to 349 in 2020). A major reduction was observed for adolescents (15-19 years) (-32.9%) and for adolescents with solid tumors (-56.4%, p = 0.03). Our data suggest that the enforced lockdown reduced the possibility for these already vulnerable patients to access the referral centers.

Diagnostic Delay in Adolescents with Cancer During COVID-19 Pandemic: A New Price for Our Patients to Pay

Quarello, Paola;Maule, Milena;Fagioli, Franca
2021-01-01

Abstract

Worldwide, the coronavirus 19 disease pandemic caused a worse chance of a timely diagnosis for cancer patients. We conducted a retrospective analysis of new diagnoses registered in the national pediatric oncology database, comparing the first lockdown period (March-May 2020) with the same period of 2015-2019. The total number of cases (0-19 years) dropped by 20.8% (from 441 between 2015 and 2019 to 349 in 2020). A major reduction was observed for adolescents (15-19 years) (-32.9%) and for adolescents with solid tumors (-56.4%, p = 0.03). Our data suggest that the enforced lockdown reduced the possibility for these already vulnerable patients to access the referral centers.
2021
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COVID-19; diagnostic delay; solid tumor
Quarello, Paola; Ferrari, Andrea; Mascarin, Maurizio; Milano, Giuseppe M; Tornesello, Assunta; Bertolotti, Marina; Spinelli, Marco; Pierobon, Marta; Perillo, Teresa; Maule, Milena; Zecca, Marco; Pession, Andrea; Fagioli, Franca
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