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Journal Articles International Journal of Colorectal Disease Year : 2021

Are colorectal cancer patients at risk for COVID-19 infection during the postoperative period? The Covid-GRECCAR study

Jean-Jacques Tuech
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Amélie Chau
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Introduction: During the COVID-19 pandemic, cancer patients have been regarded as having a high risk of severe events if they are infected with SARS-CoV-2, particularly those under medical or surgical treatment. The aim of this study was to assess the posttreatment risk of infection by SARS-CoV-2 in a population of patients operated on for colorectal cancer 3 months before the COVID-19 outbreak and who after hospitalization returned to an environment where the virus was circulating. Materials and methods: This French, multicenter cohort study included consecutive patients undergoing elective surgery for colorectal cancer between January 1 and March 31, 2020, at 19 GRECCAR hospitals. The outcome was the rate of COVID-19 infection in this group of patients who were followed until June 15, 2020. Results: This study included 448 patients, 262 male (58.5%) and 186 female (41.5%), who underwent surgery for colon cancer (n = 290, 64.7%), rectal cancer (n = 155, 34.6%), or anal cancer (n = 3, 0.7%). The median age was 68 years (19-95). Comorbidities were present in nearly half of the patients, 52% were at least overweight, and the median BMI was 25 (12-42). At the end of the study, 448 were alive. Six patients (1.3%) developed COVID-19 infection; among them, 3 were hospitalized in the conventional ward, and none of them died. Conclusion: The results are reassuring, with only a 1.3% infection rate and no deaths related to COVID-19. We believe that we can operate on colorectal cancer patients without additional mortality from COVID-19, applying all measures aimed at reducing the risk of infection.
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hal-03145796 , version 1 (18-02-2021)

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Jean-Jacques Tuech, Gilles Manceau, Mehdi Ouaissi, Christine Denet, Amélie Chau, et al.. Are colorectal cancer patients at risk for COVID-19 infection during the postoperative period? The Covid-GRECCAR study. International Journal of Colorectal Disease, 2021, ⟨10.1007/s00384-021-03847-4⟩. ⟨hal-03145796⟩
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