Should breast reconstruction and breast oncoplastic procedures be performed during the coronavirus pandemic?
Raghavan Vidya 1 , Isabel T Rubio 2 , Régis Resende Paulinelli 3 , Alberto Rancati 4 , Agnieszka Kolacinska-Voytkuv 5 , Marzia Salgarello 6 , Hilton Becker 7
The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the face of the treatment of breast cancer and breast reconstruction globally. Mastectomy with immediate implant-based breast reconstruction was on the rise due to advances in meshes and implants. However, due to the prioritisation of the critically ill and diversion of the work force, breast cancer treatment has drastically changed.
This is an opinion paper written by the authors with experience and importance in the scenario of breast reconstructive surgery. The authors are from different countries with the COVID-19 pandemic in different stages.
CITATION Ecancermedicalscience. 2020 May 11;14:1041.
doi: 10.3332/ecancer.2020.1041. eCollection 2020