In some hospitals in Peru, including the National Institute of Neoplastic Diseases, outpatient chemotherapy, and consultation services, were altered and even temporarily suspended due to increased transmission of the new Coronavirus. The transfer to the hospital posed a higher risk to the patients.
For them, the application and coordination with primary care doctors served to continue the follow-up, "so that they do not feel abandoned in their treatment, but on the contrary, they feel that all this continues and that, not for the infection, the issue of their underlying disease gets left aside," says Dr. Montoya.
Hospital care was maintained at all times, providing the necessary treatment and reinforcing physical distancing and protection measures within the same institution to avoid virus transmission. Both patients and their accompanying relatives undergo COVID-19 tests.
Children are amazing; many times, they assume the situation better than adults and their parents. They know about the Coronavirus and that they have to take care of themselves and not play with other children. They take it as something else that is happening to them”.
On the other hand, for parents, there is a significant concern: for those hospitalized, "they are very concerned about the issue of contacts, so we have informed them of how things will get handled," she explains. For those who are at home, ONCOPEDS has been a tool to ask their questions and queries to specialists.