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 I. Cutress, Cliona C. Kirwan, Ashu Gandhi, Patricia Fairbrother, Nisha Sharma, Christopher W.J. Cartlidge, Kieran Horgan, Stuart A. McIntosh, Daniel R. Leff, Raghavan Vidya, Shelley Potter, Chris Holcombe, Ellen Copson, Charlotte E. Coles, Rajiv V. Dave*

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Approximately 55,000 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 become a global pandemic, affecting healthcare delivery worldwide. In response to the pandemic, multiple 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
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Surgery Protocols
Early online date29 Jul 2020
Publication statusEarly online date - 29 Jul 2020


  • Audit
  • Breast cancer
  • COVID-19
  • Outcomes
  • Standard treatment
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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