Cancer During the Coronavirus Pandemic – As if One Problem Was Not Enough!


The diagnosis of cancer leads to many psychological problems – denial, self-pity, guilt, change in interpersonal relationships, loss of job, self-image, fear of lifelong morbidity, fear of death, managing logistics of treatment and prolonged follow-up. The suffering of cancer patients has further increased due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Considering the pervasive and diverse effect the coronavirus pandemic is having on cancer patients, we carried out a systematic qualitative analysis of newly diagnosed and under-treatment patients between 1 June 2020 and 6 July 2020. It was a cross-sectional, descriptive and hospital-based study conducted at a tertiary care oncology super specialty hospital in western India. In total, 294 patients were interviewed.

European Journal of Clinical Oncology Cancer poses a major challenge to development; it undermines socio-economic advances throughout the world. It is estimated that the number of patients with cancer would increase from 12.7 million in the year 2008 to 22.2 million by 2030. It is universally agreed that the condition is reaching epidemic proportions. At this time, the European Journal of Clinical Oncology is conveniently placed in the scholarly communication milieu to help counter the menace of cancer by aiding the development of novel treatment strategies, by providing novel insights into the mechanisms underlying this complex disease.

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John Robert

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European Journal of Clinical Oncology
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