The Older Patients and the Epidemiological Change after COVID-19 Pandemic. The Simplicity of the Complexity Management and the Personalization in Cancer Care
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Comments: The following subheadings have been introduced in the text wherever appropriate:
2. The Epidemiological Change after COVID-19 Pandemic
3. Will These Conditions Lead to an Increase in Comorbidities in the Following Older Patients?
4. How Will the Prognosis of These Patients Change?
5. What Will be the Cost? How Will the Life Expectancy of These Subjects Change?
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Comments: The study concludes that due to the direct and indirect complications of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world scenario from the pre-pandemic era will be changed. There is a need for holistic approach to cancer treatment focusing on the new type of frail patients and their morbidities and not just cancer. With the new concept of “frailty” the pandemic has introduced, the current perspective of disease and health care systems should be changed.
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1. The 3rd sentence under the Abstract subheading was not framed properly and should be changed to “In this scenario, the term “frailty”, which is known to few, has become common.”
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Comments: The study aims at understanding the epidemiological changes after the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects especially on the older generations. It also emphasizes on the need for simple and personalized cancer care. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to evolution of the “new normal” and has made the term “frailty” common. This pandemic has drastically affected the health care industry especially the field of geriatric oncology. The study illustrates that COVID-19 can lead to long term effects which are not precisely known in the present times. The study highlights the problems of the patients, suffering from chronic diseases, such as cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular problems, indirectly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Early diagnosis is crucial for proper treatment of these diseases. The indirect effects of COVID-19 will cause serious problems in the near future. During this pandemic, the sophisticated and specialized health care system has failed. The study concludes that with the new concept of “frailty” the pandemic has introduced, the current perspective of disease and health care systems should be changed. There is a need for personalization of care for cancer management and a holistic approach to it.
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Corresponding AuthorGiuseppe Colloca
Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A Gemelli IRCCS, Rome, Italy
Article TypeReview Article
Publication historyReceived: Mon 17, May 2021
Accepted: Tue 08, Jun 2021
Published: Tue 30, Aug 2022
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