Specifics of the perioperative management of the patients undergoing surgery for malignant neoplasms during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Background: The worse prognosis in cancer patients with COVID-19 infection in the context of the pandemic, compared to that in the general population, poses new challenges to ensure the perioperative safety.

Aim: To reduce the risk of infection for cancer patients in the perioperative period and to prevent severe COVID-19.

Materials and methods: During two months of the COVID-19 (from March to April 2020), we performed 158 surgical interventions: 49 for breast cancer, 31 for lung cancer (videothoracoscopic segmental and lobar resections), 12 for stomach cancer (8 distal and 1 proximal laparoscopic subtotal gastric resections, 3 gastrectomies), 16 laparoscopic resections for colorectal cancer, 29 resections with a reconstructive plastic for malignant skin tumors, 21 palliative and diagnostic operations (diagnostic thoracoscopy and laparoscopy, laparoscopic colostomy).

Results: Preventive administration during preparation for surgery (interferon-al-pha2b and low molecular weight heparins) and for suspected infection (antibiotics, low molecular weight heparins and dexamethasone 12 mg/day intravenously) allowed for lower rates of the new coronavirus infection (1.3%) and its severe cases (0%) during surgical treatment of malignant tumors.

Conclusion: Surgical treatment of cancer patients in the context of a new coronavirus infection pandemic should be carried out with strict adherence to anti-epidemic measures.

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A. S. Allakhverdyan

Moscow Regional Research and Clinical Institute (MONIKI)

Author for correspondence.
Email: allakhverdyan@rambler.ru
ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7314-0475

Alexander S. Allakhverdyan - MD, PhD, Professor, Head of Department of Oncology.

61/2 Shchepkina ul., Moscow, 129110, Tel.: +7 (926) 733 69 02


Russian Federation

A. N. Anipchenko

Moscow Regional Research and Clinical Institute (MONIKI)

Email: dottor.alex@mail.ru
ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6543-8498

Aleksey N. Anipchenko - MD, PhD, Head of Surgical Oncology Division.

61/2 Shchepkina ul., Moscow, 129110

Russian Federation

N. N. Anipchenko

Moscow Regional Research and Clinical Institute (MONIKI)

Email: dottor.na@gmail.com
ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5386-1336

Natalya N. Anipchenko - MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Chair of Anesthesiology and Reanimation, Postgraduate Training Faculty.

61/2 Shchepkina ul., Moscow, 129110

Russian Federation


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