Addressing the needs of cancer survivors during the COVID-19 pandemic

Larissa Nekhlyudov, Saskia Duijts, Shawna V Hudson, Jennifer M Jones, Justin Keogh, Brad Love, Maryam Lustberg, Katherine Clegg Smith, Amye Tevaarwerk, Xinhua Yu, Michael Feuerstein

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[Extract] The recent COVID-19 pandemic has affected the world and has the potential to disproportionately affect and disrupt the lives of cancer survivors, including those currently in treatment, those who have completed treatment, and those who are now living cancer-free. There are currently over 17 million cancer survivors in the USA [1] and millions more around the world [2, 3]. Much has been published over the past several decades about the late and long-term effects of cancer treatment, alongside both the challenges and potential solutions to help patients navigate the healthcare system in order to receive high-quality survivorship care [4, 5]. To date, a number of organizations have provided the cancer survivorship community (both patients and healthcare providers) recommendations pertaining to COVID-19 (Box 1). Unfortunately, at this time, there is limited evidence regarding the impact of COVID-19 on cancer survivors, particularly those who have completed treatment. As the pandemic continues to evolve and scientific evidence emerges, more directed recommendations and guidelines will follow. As editors of the Journal of Cancer Survivorship, the only international peer-reviewed publication dedicated to expanding and disseminating knowledge pertaining directly to this patient population, we wrote this commentary to describe how COVID-19 may impact the physical, psychosocial, and healthcare delivery concerns of cancer survivors. We hope that this information may be helpful in addressing the needs of cancer survivors at the present time and frame the issues that will warrant attention in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)601-606
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Cancer Survivorship
Issue number5
Early online date25 Apr 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2020


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