IMPACT OF COVID19 INFECTION IN PATIENTS WITH CANCER
European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine,
2020, Volume 7, Issue 8, Pages 5653-5659
AbstractBackground: coronaviral pandemic (COVID-19) induced by severe acute coronaviral syndrome 2 has imminent consequences for COVID-19 patients. To determine the effect of this pandemic on oncological treatment, Netherlands cancer patients performed a national study.
Methods: From 11 April 2020 to 11 Jan 2021, the oncological care perspective was discussed by an online study. The survey included 20 questions on four topics: patient characteristics, hospital engagement, COVID-19 and COVID-19 problems.
Results: A total of 2418 (64.53%) patients were female and the remainder (57.5%) were <50 years of age. The most prevalent cancer diagnosis were haematological malignancies (26.1%), breast cancer (22.8%) and other cancers (19.2%). Depending on their illness environment, 34.7% of patients had incurable conditions while 21.6% and 31.8% had curable or healed diseases. The (expected) result of their illness was 'unknown' for 11.9% of patients. According to outpatient environment, 1691 (45.1%) patients have been oncologically examined and have taken follow-up, contrasted with 529 (14.1%) and 1527 (40.8%) patients presently or pending for therapy.
Conclusion: This is the first research exploring cancer patients' experiences after the COVID-19 pandemic in Iraq. The research indicates the major effect of COVID-19 on oncological treatment, showing the need for psycho-oncological assistance during this pandemic.
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