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

Linjawi, Maryam, Shakoor, Hira ORCID: 0000-0001-6043-9283, Hilary, Serene ORCID: 0000-0003-0441-7391, Ali, Habiba I ORCID: 0000-0003-2685-1244, Al-Dhaheri, Ayesha S ORCID: 0000-0002-7634-3531, Ismail, Leila Cheikh ORCID: 0000-0003-3048-7481, Apostolopoulos, Vasso ORCID: 0000-0001-6788-2771 and Stojanovska, Lily ORCID: 0000-0001-7186-4461 (2023) Cancer Patients during COVID-19 Pandemic: A Mini-Review. Healthcare (Switzerland), 11 (2). ISSN 2227-9032


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.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.3390/healthcare11020248
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Subjects Current > FOR (2020) Classification > 4203 Health services and systems
Current > Division/Research > Institute for Health and Sport
Keywords SARS-CoV-2i, immunity, COVID-19 infection, health status, healthcare system’s burden
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