How young patients with cancer perceive the COVID-19 (coronavirus) epidemic in Milan, Italy: Is there room for other fears?

Michela Casanova, Elena Pagani Bagliacca, Matteo Silva, Carlo Patriarca, Laura Veneroni, Carlo Alfredo Clerici, Filippo Spreafico, Roberto Luksch, Monica Terenziani, Cristina Meazza, Marta Podda, Veronica Biassoni, Elisabetta Schiavello, Stefano Chiaravalli, Nadia Puma, Luca Bergamaschi, Giovanna Gattuso, Giovanna Sironi, Maura Massimino, Andrea Ferrari

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Abstract

The rapid spread of coronavirus disease 2019 epidemic in Italy, in particular in the Milan focal point, required drastic measures and led to panic in the population. While in our center we did not change our approach to the treatment of our young patients with cancer, we developed a qualitative survey to assess their perception of the risk and level of stress. The survey showed that a relatively large proportion of young patients felt personally at risk of severe complications. We believe that we need to adequately inform our patients, focusing on hygienic measures and personal protection and prompt reporting of any suspicious symptoms.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPediatric Blood and Cancer
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2020

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