Recommendations for triage, prioritization and treatment of breast cancer patients during the COVID-19 pandemic

G. Curigliano, M.J. Cardoso, P. Poortmans, O. Gentilini, G. Pravettoni, K. Mazzocco, N. Houssami, O. Pagani, E. Senkus, F. Cardoso

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The Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) associated disease (COVID-19) outbreak seriously challenges globally all health care systems and professionals. Expert projections estimate that despite social distancing and lockdown being practiced, we have yet to feel the full impact of COVID-19. In this manuscript we provide guidance to prepare for the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on breast cancer patients and advise on how to triage, prioritize and organize diagnostic procedures, surgical, radiation and medical treatments. © 2020 The Author(s)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-16
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • advanced cancer
  • Article
  • breast cancer
  • breast reconstruction
  • cancer growth
  • cancer patient
  • cancer radiotherapy
  • cancer recurrence
  • cancer risk
  • cancer screening
  • cancer surgery
  • cancer therapy
  • coronavirus disease 2019
  • Coronavirus infection
  • decision making
  • early cancer
  • emergency health service
  • feasibility study
  • follow up
  • health care concepts
  • health care facility
  • hospitalization
  • human
  • population research
  • practice guideline
  • prioritization
  • priority journal
  • public health
  • Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2
  • Betacoronavirus
  • breast tumor
  • cancer center
  • health care delivery
  • pandemic
  • procedures
  • risk assessment
  • virus pneumonia
  • Breast Neoplasms
  • Coronavirus Infections
  • COVID-19
  • Delivery of Health Care
  • Humans
  • Oncology Service, Hospital
  • Pandemics
  • Pneumonia, Viral
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Risk Assessment
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Triage


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