Cancer Patients during COVID-19 Pandemic: A Mini-Review

Maryam Linjawi, Hira Shakoor, Serene Hilary, Habiba I. Ali, Ayesha S. Al-Dhaheri, Leila Cheikh Ismail, Vasso Apostolopoulos, Lily Stojanovska

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Abstract

Since its emergence, coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has affected the entire world and all commerce and industries, including healthcare systems. COVID-19 adversely affects cancer patients because they are immunocompromised. Increased COVID-19 infection and shortage of medical supplies, beds and healthcare workers in hospitals affect cancer care. This paper includes a description of the existing research that shows the impact of COVID-19 on the management of cancer patients. Aged people with various chronic conditions such as cancer and comorbidities face more challenges as they have a greater risk of disease severity. COVID-19 has affected care delivery, including patient management, and has been responsible for increased mortality among cancer patients. Cancer patients with severe symptoms require regular therapies and treatment; therefore, they have a higher risk of exposure. Due to the risk of transmission, various steps were taken to combat this disease; however, they have affected the existing operational efficiency. Herein, we present the changing priorities during COVID-19, which also affected cancer care, including delayed diagnosis, treatment, and surgeries.

Original languageEnglish
Article number248
JournalHealthcare (Switzerland)
Volume11
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2023

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • cancer
  • immunity
  • patient care
  • vaccine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management
  • Health Policy
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management

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