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Assessing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the quality of life of cancer patients: A systematic review

Paraskevi Theofilou1* Dimitris D. Vlastos2,3
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1 General Hospital of Thoracic Diseases SOTIRIA, Athens, Greece
2 Department of Psychology, Scientific College of Greece, Athens, Greece
3 Laboratory of Experimental and Applied Psychology, Scientific College of Greece, Athens, Greece
Submitted: 4 January 2024 | Accepted: 24 January 2024 | Published: 11 March 2024
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Chronic Diseases – The Psychosocial Perspective)
© 2024 by the Author (s). This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License ( https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ )
Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has had significant impacts on the overall quality of life experienced by patients suffering from various types of cancer. This systematic review aimed to explore the level of health-related quality of life among cancer patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. A systematic review was performed on articles written in English and indexed in the PubMed database, retrieved using the keywords “COVID-19,” “quality of life,” and “cancer” combined with the logical operator AND. Our investigation revealed a significant disruption in the quality of life of cancer patients due to COVID-19, with a pronounced impact on their psychological well-being stemming from the protective measures implemented to curb viral transmission. Given that cancer patients already belong to one of the most vulnerable groups, they are particularly susceptible to negative consequences. Moreover, delays in diagnosis and treatment occurred due to restrictive measures, exacerbating disease progression. The findings from this systematic review underscored the significant impact of the pandemic on cancer patients, who exhibited a markedly diminished quality of life. In conclusion, it is vital that all health systems respond effectively to crises, eliminating any form of discrimination among patients and ensuring the uninterrupted provision of oncology care without any postponements or delays.

Keywords
COVID-19 pandemic
Quality of life
Cancer patients
Systematic review
Funding
None.
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The authors declare they have no competing interests.
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