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The impact of the SARS-COV-2 pandemic on the quality of breast cancer care in EUSOMA-certified breast centres

Autores: van Dam, P. (Autor de correspondencia); Tomatis, M.; Ponti, A.; Marotti, L.; Aristei, C.; Biganzoli, L.; Cardoso, M. J.; Cheung, K. L.; Curigliano, G.; De Vries, J.; Santini, D.; Sardanelli, F.; Rubio, Isabel Teresa
Título de la revista: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CANCER
ISSN: 0959-8049
Volumen: 177
Páginas: 72 - 79
Fecha de publicación: 2022
Aims: We analysed the impact of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic (COVID-19) on the quality of breast cancer care in certified EUSOMA (European Society of Breast Cancer Spe-cialists) breast centres.Materials and methods: The results of the EUSOMA quality indicators were compared, based on pseudonymised individual records, for the periods 1 March 2020 till 30 June 2020 (first COVID-19 peak in most countries in Europe) and 1 March 2019 till 30 June 2019. In addition, a questionnaire was sent to the participating Centres for investigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the organisation and the quality of breast cancer care.Results: Forty-five centres provided data and 31 (67%) responded to the questionnaire. The total number of new cases dropped by 19% and there was a small significant higher tumour (p = 0.003) and lymph node (p = 0.011) stage at presentation. Comparing quality indicators (12,736 patients) by multivariable analysis showed mostly non-significant differences. Surgery could be performed in a COVID-free zone in 94% of the centres, COVID testing was per-formed before surgery in 96% of the centres, and surgical case load was reduced in 55% of the centres. Modifications of the indications for neoadjuvant endocrine therapy, chemo-therapy, and targeted therapy were necessary in 23%, 23%, and 10% of the centres; changes in indications for adjuvant endocrine, chemo-, targeted, immune, and radiotherapy in 3%, 19%, 3%, 6%, and 10%, respectively.Conclusion: Quality of breast cancer care was well maintained in EUSOMA breast centres during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. A small but significantly higher tumour and lymph node stage at presentation was observed. 2022 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.