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Breast Cancer Screening during COVID-19 Emergency: Patients and Department Management in a Local Experience

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Department of Radiology, Marcianise Hospital, Caserta Local Health Authority, Viale Sossietta Scialla, 81025 Marcianise, Italy
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Department of Breast Radiology, Caserta Local Health Authority Dictrict 12, Viale Paul Harris 79, 81100 Caserta, Italy
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Department of Radiology, Istituto Nazionale Tumori IRCCS Fondazione G.Pascale di Napoli, Via Mariano Semmola 53, 80131 Naples, Italy
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Department of Radiology, Università degli Studi della Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Piazza Miraglia, 80138 Naples, Italy
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Academic Editor: Franco M. Buonaguro
J. Pers. Med. 2021, 11(5), 380; https://doi.org/10.3390/jpm11050380
Received: 31 March 2021 / Revised: 30 April 2021 / Accepted: 4 May 2021 / Published: 6 May 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cancer Challenges during COVID-19 Pandemic)
Background: During the COVID-19 public health emergency, our breast cancer screening activities have been interrupted. In June 2020, they resumed, calling for mandatory safe procedures to properly manage patients and staff. Methods: A protocol supporting medical activities in breast cancer screening was created, based on six relevant articles published in the literature and in the following National and International guidelines for COVID-19 prevention. The patient population, consisting of both screening and breast ambulatory patients, was classified into one of four categories: 1. Non-COVID-19 patient; 2. Confirmed COVID-19 in an asymptomatic screening patient; 3. suspected COVID-19 in symptomatic or confirmed breast cancer; 4. Confirmed COVID-19 in symptomatic or confirmed breast cancer. The day before the radiological exam, patients are screened for COVID-19 infection through a telephone questionnaire. At a subsequent in person appointment, the body temperature is checked and depending on the clinical scenario at stake, the scenario-specific procedures for medical and paramedical staff are adopted. Results: In total, 203 mammograms, 76 breast ultrasound exams, 4 core needle biopsies, and 6 vacuum-assisted breast biopsies were performed in one month. Neither medical nor paramedical staff were infected on any of these occasions. Conclusion: Our department organization model can represent a case of implementation of National and International guidelines applied in a breast cancer screening program, assisting hospital personnel into COVID-19 infection prevention. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; breast cancer screening; guideline; breast cancer; screening; pandemic COVID-19; breast cancer screening; guideline; breast cancer; screening; pandemic
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Maio, F.; Tari, D.U.; Granata, V.; Fusco, R.; Grassi, R.; Petrillo, A.; Pinto, F. Breast Cancer Screening during COVID-19 Emergency: Patients and Department Management in a Local Experience. J. Pers. Med. 2021, 11, 380. https://doi.org/10.3390/jpm11050380

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Maio F, Tari DU, Granata V, Fusco R, Grassi R, Petrillo A, Pinto F. Breast Cancer Screening during COVID-19 Emergency: Patients and Department Management in a Local Experience. Journal of Personalized Medicine. 2021; 11(5):380. https://doi.org/10.3390/jpm11050380

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Maio, Francesca, Daniele U. Tari, Vincenza Granata, Roberta Fusco, Roberta Grassi, Antonella Petrillo, and Fabio Pinto. 2021. "Breast Cancer Screening during COVID-19 Emergency: Patients and Department Management in a Local Experience" Journal of Personalized Medicine 11, no. 5: 380. https://doi.org/10.3390/jpm11050380

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