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The challenge of Italian cancer
patient support associations
in the era of social distancing,
Quarantenee, and isolation:
social media networking to be. . .
far but near
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Franchina V. , Franchina T. , Ricciardi G.R.R. , Longo D. , Cacciola
F.1, Aspria P.1, Adamo V.3
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Medical Oncology Unit A.O. Papardo, Messina; 2Department of Human
Pathology, University of Messina, Messina; 3Medical Oncology Unit A.O.
Papardo and Department of Human Pathology, University of Messina,
Messina

Background: Unprecendented emergency measures
applied in Italy due to coronavirus pandemic have determined the development of new strategies to support oncological patients. In this context, social networking has
represented a privileged tool. The objective of this study is
to evaluate how the national cancer patient support associations have used facebook to support oncological patients
during lockdown period in Italy.
Material and Methods: Data have been obtained by the
analysis of posts inserted on Facebook pages by the Italian
cancer patient associations between 31 January 2020 (first
cases reported in Italy in Rome) and 4 May 2020 (start up
phase II after lockdown).The search of associations was
conducted on Facebook and web search engines.
Results: A total of 64 pages of cancer patient associations,
primarly residents in the Northern regions (50%), 26% in
the center of Italy and 20% in the Southern regions, have
been analyzed. A large proportion of the association (42.5%)
deal with all tumor pathologies, 20.3% are specially dedicated to breast cancer and 7.4% to melanoma. Ten associations have not updated their pages in the referred period.
Published posts in all examined pages are in total 931 and
mainly referred to services and initiatives promoted by the
associations (psychological support, streaming events,
home care: 21,1%); information about the COVID-19 and
indications to prevent trasmission (17.4%); update on cancer treatments (17.3%); surveys, vademecum and guidelines
for oncological patients (13%); fundraising (6.4%) to donate
medical devices for COVID-19 emergency; information
about the activation of new clinical trials during the pandemic (5%). The most frequent hashtags have been:
#covid19, #coronavirus, #iorestoacasa, #stopcoronavirus.
Most liked post, promoting a fundraising to support cancer
patients during lockdown period, has obtained 1800 like and
527 emoji heart. A new Care reaction, a virtual HUG
launched in late April by Facebook to show support during
the COVID-19 crisis has been used 38 times in the different
posts. Moreover, several initiatives have been carried out on
Facebook such as: home concerts, tutorials, webinar, to
share emotions, support and spend time together.

Conclusions: The use of Facebook during COVID-19
lockdown has represented for cancer patient associations a
new virtual space of meeting and supporting and a tool to
reduce distances and the concerns related not only to cancer, but also to the danger of COVID-19.

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Impact of COVID-19 in Gynecologic
Oncology: a Nationwide Italian
Survey
Bogani G.1, Apolone G.1, Scambia G.2, Benedetti Panici P.3, Angioli R.4,
Pignata S.5, Greggi S.5, Scollo P.6, Franchi M.7, Ghezzi F.8, Ferrandina G.9,
Di Donato V.9, Chiantera V.9, Trojano V.10, Salerno G.11, Malzoni M.12,
Testa A.9, Lorusso D.9, Trojano G.13, Chinatera A.14, Raspagliesi F.1
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Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori di Milano, Milano;
Policlinico Gemelli, Milano; 3Sapienza, Roma; 4Campus Biomedico, Roma;
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Istituto Tumori Napoli, Napoli; 6Ospedale Cannizzaro, Catania; 7Università
di Verona, Verona; 8Insubria, Varese; 9Gemelli, Roma; 10Università di Bari,
Bari; 11San Camillo, Roma; 12Malzoni Medical Center, Avellino; 13University
Medical School "A. Moro", Bari, Italy., Bari; 14President of the Scientific
Society SIGO (Italian Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics), Italy, Roma
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Background: The spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19),
after involving China, has also begun to interest Europe
and the ed States. Several attempts are done in order to
control the spread of the virus and promote a fair allocation of resources during COVID-19 outbreak. COVID-19
threatens to curtail patient access to evidence-based treatment. The Italian society of obstetrics and gynecologist
(SIGO), and the Multicenter Italian Trials in Ovarian cancer and gynecologic malignancies (MITO) are promoting
research activities in the field of gynecologic oncology on
a national basis, even in the COVID-19 era.
Methods: The SIGO and MITO group promoted a national
survey aiming to evaluate the impact of COVID-19 on clinical activity of gynecologist oncologists and the implementation of containment measures of COVID-19 diffusion.
Results: Overall, 604 participants completed the questionnaire with a response-rate of 70%. The results of this survey
suggest that gynecologic oncology units had set a proactive
approach to COVID-19 outbreak. Triage methods were
adopted in order to minimize the in-hospital diffusion of
COVID-19. Overall, only 38% of gynecologic surgeons
were concerned about COVID-19 outbreak. Although 73%
of the participants stated that COVID-19 has not significantly modified their everyday practice, 21% declared a
decrease of the use of laparoscopy in favor of open (19%)
and vaginal (2%) surgery. Interestingly, about 5% of the participants stated that the use of laparoscopic surgery has
increased during the COVID-19 outbreak. However, less
than 50% of surgeons adopted specific protection against
COVID-19. Additionally, responders suggested to delay
cancer treatment (10-15%), and to perform less radical surgical procedures (20-25%) during COVID-19 pandemic.



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