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1742P - Outcomes of the reorganisation of a medical oncology department during the COVID-19 pandemic: Real-word experience


17 Sep 2020


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COVID-19 and Cancer

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Sílvia Duarte


Annals of Oncology (2020) 31 (suppl_4): S934-S973. 10.1016/annonc/annonc289


S.A. Duarte1, P. Liu2, J. Liz Pimenta3, K. Ladeira2, I. Grilo2, E. Ferreira1, P.M. Araujo4, M. Rocha2, P. Gago2, D. Azevedo2, M.C. Branco2, R. Gomes2, A. Teira2, T. Sarmento2, M. Sousa2

Author affiliations

  • 1 Servico De Oncologia Medica, Centro Hospitalar Tras-os-Montes e Alto Douro, E.P.E., 5000-508 - Vila Real/PT
  • 2 Medical Oncology Department, Central Hospital of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, 5000-508 Vila Real - Vila Real/PT
  • 3 Centro Hospitalar De Trás-os-montes E Alto Douro, Centro Hospitalar Tras-os-Montes e Alto Douro, E.P.E., 5000-508 - Vila Real/PT
  • 4 Medical Oncology Department, Hospital Center of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, 5000-508 Vila Real - Vila Real/PT


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Abstract 1742P


The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has transformed health care delivery in the world, forcing clinicians to make challenging triage decisions. COVID-19 represents a significant harm for cancer patients, who are at high risk of infections due to their immunosuppressed status and serious COVID-19-related events. Portuguese oncologists joined forces to ensure safety of clinical practice without compromising cancer patients care, as the benefit of ensuring an anti-cancer treatment outweighs the risks of COVID-19.


Description and outcomes analysis of structural organization measures adopted by a Portuguese Medical Oncology Department during the COVID-19 pandemic.


A proactive approach to the actual emergency panorama was promptly implemented: use of individual protection equipment, triage of patients accessing the hospital, use of telemedicine in selected patients with no need for on-site assessment, customising treatment delivery, regularly test patients under immunosuppressive treatments, test all patients prior to admission in oncology wards, limited access for visitors and caregivers, health professionals worked in “mirror teams” and most multidisciplinary boards have been converted in telematic meetings. Despite all the constraints in the activity, the number of consultations (including tele-consultations) increased compared to the same period of the previous year (3245 consultations from 1/03 to 15/05/2020 versus 3305 in the same period of 2019), the number of first consultations remained similar comparatively (15%) and were carried out in a timely manner, indicative that the cancer patient circuit was not compromised. 368 fewer treatments were performed in the same period, compared to 2019. Until May 15th, 288 tests have been carried out. Four patients were positive for COVID-19 without severity criteria, two of them with a diagnosis of cure, currently being under antineoplastic treatment without related complications.


Practice recommendations from European and national oncology societies were applied, which translated into a safe continuum of cancer care delivery. In the middle-term, will be a priority to assess the real impact on cancer mortality.

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Has not received any funding.


All authors have declared no conflicts of interest.

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