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Coronavirus: by the Ministry of Health official recommendations for cancer patients
It was reiterated several times by the Italian Association of Medical Oncology (Aiom): patients with cancer are more fragile and so, for them, the precautions must be even greater and for this it is better to postpone the medical visits are not urgent. Now came the official recommendations for the management of patients with oncological and onco-haematological drawn up by the Ministry of Health on initiative of the Technical-Scientific Committee of Civil Protection. Recommendations strongly wanted by the patients ' Associations of the project “health: a good to defend, a right to be promoted” and that are available on the project website, at this link. More exposed to the contagion and complications of the document of The Technical-Scientific Committee confirms in its premise that, in spite of the data at the moment are extremely limited, it seems that patients with cancer or onco-hematological are from a side exposed to the risk of contracting the infection, and on the other to meet the needs of a trend is more severe. “We are very satisfied and we thank the Ministry of Health and the Technical-Scientific Committee for the speed with which they have followed our requests, declares: Annamaria Mancuso , president of the Women's Health onlus and coordinator of the project. The recommendations and dissipate many doubts and provide clear guidance. We hope that soon they can be addressed other important points such as the recommendations for the caregiver and access to the devices of individual protection to patients”. The rules to follow The document recommends that all patients, both those who have completed the course of treatment (off-therapy) and to those still in treatment, apply a few rules of hygiene. For example, avoid, if possible, crowded places; wear the mask (in common use, such as surgical) outside the home, in particular when you will make necessary hospital visits for checks, examinations and/or treatments; perform careful and frequent hand hygiene; avoid visits to the home by family members or friends with respiratory symptoms and/or coming from areas at risk. Finally, in order to avoid infections in the workplace it is suggested to maintain a distance of at least one meter (or better even two) by colleagues who have respiratory symptoms, inviting them to wear a mask.

Read also: "Coronavirus, Aiom: postpone visits non-urgent cancer patients to" Postpone In-line controls with the position of Aiom, to patients off-therapy experts recommend to postpone, where possible and in agreement with specialists who are in charge of the patient, the follow-up controls, in order to limit the frequentation of health facilities (both to limit the risk of exposure to SARS-CoV-2, both to reduce the workload of the structures already overloaded). With regard to the specific recommendations relating to patients in treatment, cytostatic, or radiating immunoterapico, the Ministry of Health recommends that Local Health Authorities to ensure the treatments to all patients in order to ensure the principle of the intensity of the dose and healthcare facilities identify and establish locations and spaces dedicated to the patients in treatment; it is also recommended that healthcare personnel use of the masks. Finally, in the recommendations are asked to identify specific strategies to ensure the diagnostic-therapeutic already started for the patients in case of potential exposure of a subject to cancer in subjects infected by SARS-CoV-2; particular attention must be paid to patients who underwent surgical treatment for tumors localization in the lungs, with treatment that has led to a sacrifice of all or part of the lung parenchyma. Oncologists respond on Facebook To respond to the doubts and questions about everything that concerns the management of the disease oncology and onco-haematological in this particular and delicate “health: an asset to protect, a law to promote” the moment, take the field the experts of the technical-scientific committee: a team of oncologists and psiconcologi that, through the page Facebook “to health: a resource to defend, a right to promote”, examine the most frequent requests from patients and family members and will provide clear answers, and authoritative. Anyone who is interested must simply comment on the dedicated post on the page, by putting the question: the answers to the most common questions will then be published on the same page of the project, available to all. “A simple service but very useful, which is based on the ability of social media to connect people – says Annamaria Mancuso – and that it was of fundamental importance to be able to provide patients with oncological and onco-haematological, disoriented by the situation of a health emergency that we are living and in search of answers, clear and defined. Thank you for the availability of oncologists and the psiconcologi of the technical-scientific committee of the project, the great professionals who are always at our side, and that even in this difficult moment you continue to fight with us patients.”

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