Managing children with brain tumors during the COVID-19 era: Don't stop the care!

Stefano Mastrangelo, Palma Maurizi, Mario Balducci, Gianpiero Tamburrini, Antonio Ruggiero, Alberto Romano, Paolo Frassanito, Federico Bianchi, Tommaso Verdolotti, Marco Gessi, Luca Massimi

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has substantially stressed health care systems globally, subsequently reducing cancer care services and delaying treatments. Pediatric populations infected by COVID-19 have shown mild clinical symptoms compared to adults, perhaps due to decreased susceptibility. Several scientific societies and governments have released information on the management of patients with cancer, wherein they warn against exposure to SARS-CoV-2 infection and suggest continuing treatment. To determine the best diagnostic and therapeutic approach, multidisciplinary tumor boards should convene regularly, including through conference calls and telematics platforms. A prompt diagnostic workup may reduce children's suffering and prevent loss of confidence in the health care system among parents. Moreover, ensuring adequate support and information regarding measures for preventing SARS-CoV-2 infection in pediatric patients and their families is essential for avoiding panic and excessive stress, allowing early reporting of any suspected symptoms of cancer and, in turn, facilitating early diagnosis and prompt modulation of treatment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)705-709
Number of pages5
JournalComputational and Structural Biotechnology Journal
Volume19
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Brain tumors
  • COVID-19
  • Care
  • Children

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