Last year, Catalonia diagnosed 2.6% fewer cases of Covid cancer

Catalonia last year a total of diagnosed 32 967 cases of cancer, what does it mean 2.6% less than 2019, according to the Ministry of Health. The coronavirus pandemic, which started in March 2020, has had an impact on the diagnosis of cancer cases as covid-19 majority disease.

In 2021, the diagnosis of new cases of the cancer of the colon, rectum and anus, majority among the Catalan population was 4,757, 5% less than in 2019, Meanwhile in breast cancer, the most common tumor in women, the number of new diagnoses was 3.7% lower (4,960 cases in total) with respect to the cases diagnosed in 2019, according to a press release sent today by Salut on the occasion of the World Cancer Day, which is celebrated this Friday, February 4th.

Refer to cancer care both in hospitals as in outpatient consultations and day hospital, In 2021, oncology activity recovered with 66,583 first visits to hospitals and 411,000 visits to outpatient clinics, and a more than 500% increase in non-face-to-face oncology visits.

The activity in day hospital, where mainly the treatment of chemotherapy, it normalized in 2021 with 283,482 visits, a figure similar to that registered in 2019 (284,669 visits) before the pandemic.

In addition, in 2021, of the 24,383 interventions carried out, 86.26% were within the guarantee time. The average waiting time it was 29 days, while the warranty is 45 or 60 days depending on the type of crop.

Early detection programs

The screening program breast cancerthere is the tracking program colon and rectal cancers they suspended the activity from mid-March to the end of September 2020. As for the Breast Cancer Program, the rapid resumption of the program, the expansion of mammography schedules and the optimization of the invitation system have made it possible for 273,832 women to be invited to participate in 2021, 9.9% more than in 2019.

With regard to the Early Detection Program of colon and rectal cancers, the resumption of activity, the optimization of the fecal occult blood detection test and the extension of schedules for colonoscopies, diagnostic testing to a positive fecal occult blood test, allowed in 2021 to send more than one million invitations, 21.2% more than in 2019, thus restoring the normal annual activity.

precision oncology

Catalonia included the Precision Oncology program in its portfolio of services, which implemented 2,414 provisions in its first months of implementation. Precision oncology is a pioneering model in Spain, targeted at all types of cancer. In it, a molecular diagnosis is made in referral centers throughout Catalonia, which is then referred to the Program’s referral center, thus avoiding the need for the patient to travel.

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Precision oncology is currently being reviewed by four panels of molecular changes applied to solid crops, including standing andl lung, colon, breast and ovarian cancers, in hematological diseases such as leukemias, lymphomas or myelomas, in the pediatric tumors and in the germ line associated with crops with hereditary predisposition.

Of the total number of samples taken, 1,020 corresponded to solid tumors, 1,022 to hereditary cancers, 318 to hematological diseases and 54 samples were pediatric tumors. Salut works to include new panels of molecular changes for other types of crops.

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