The B-MaP-C study: Breast cancer Management Pathways during the COVID-19 pandemic. Study protocol

Alona Courtney, Rachel O'Connell, Tim Rattay, Baek Kim, Ramsey Cutress, Cliona Kirwan, Ashu Gandhi, Patricia Fairbrother, Nisha Sharma, Christopher Cartilidge, Kieran Horgan, Stuart McIntosh, Daniel Leff, R Vidya, Shelley Potter, Chris Holcombe, Ellen Copson, Charlotte Coles, Rajiv Dave*, B-MaP-C study collaborative

*Corresponding author for this work

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Approximately 55000 women in the United Kingdom are diagnosed with new breast cancer annually. Since emerging in December 2019, SARS-CoV-2 (coronavirus disease 2019, COVID-19) has be-come a global pandemic, affecting healthcare delivery worldwide. In response to the pandemic, mul-tiple guidelines were issued to assist with rationalising breast cancer care. The primary aim of the B-MaP-C study is to audit and describe breast cancer management of patients newly diagnosed with breast cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic against pre-COVID-19 management practice in the UK. The implications of changes to management will be determined and the impact of a COVID-19 diagnosis on the patient’s breast cancer management will be determined.

Methods and analysis
This is a multi-centre collaborative audit of consecutive breast cancer patients undergoing treatment decisions during the acute and recovery phases of the COVID-19 pandemic. All patients with newly diagnosed primary breast cancer, whose treatment was decided in a multidisciplinary meeting from the 16th March 2020, are eligible for inclusion.

Ethics and dissemination
As this is an audit ethical approval is not required. Each participating centre is required to register the study locally and obtain local governance approvals prior to commencement of data collection. Local audit data will be available to individual participating units for governance purposes. The results of the data analysis will be submitted for publication, as well as disseminated via the ABS newsletter and a webinar. All data will be presented at national and international conferences, circumstances permitting.

Registration details
Each participating centre received local governance audit registration.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-5
JournalInternational Journal of Surgery Protocols
Early online date29 Jul 2020
Publication statusPublished - 26 Aug 2020

Structured keywords

  • Covid19


  • breast cancer
  • COVID-19
  • treatment
  • outcomes
  • audit


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