COVID-19 Pandemic and the Crisis of Health Systems: The Experience of the Apulia Cancer Network and of the Comprehensive Cancer Center Istituto Tumori "Giovanni Paolo II" of Bari

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 Apr 16;17(8):2763. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17082763.


On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization declared a new disease caused by a novel virus characterized by rapid human-to-human transmission and named severe acute respiratory syndrome coronoavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) a pandemic. In terms of this ongoing international scenario, we report the situation in Apulia, a region of southern Italy that, as of April 2, has not yet been overwhelmed by this health emergency. In particular, we consider the care models that have been adopted, especially those that manage the requests of cancer patients.

Keywords: COVID-19; cancer patient; health system; pandemic.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19
  • Cancer Care Facilities
  • Coronavirus Infections / epidemiology*
  • Delivery of Health Care / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Italy / epidemiology
  • Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Pandemics*
  • Pneumonia, Viral / epidemiology*