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Title: Cancer in Lockdown: Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Patients with Cancer.
Austin Authors: Moraliyage, Harsha;Silva, Daswin De;Ranasinghe, Weranja;Adikari, Achini;Alahakoon, Damminda;Prasad, Raj;Lawrentschuk, Nathan;Bolton, Damien M 
Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas, Houston, Texas, USA
Surgery (University of Melbourne)
EJ Whitten Prostate Cancer Research Centre at Epworth Healthcare, Melbourne, Australia
Division of Cancer Surgery, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, Australia
Research Centre for Data Analytics and Cognition, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia
National Health Service Trust, North Bristol, England, United Kingdom..
Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute
Issue Date: 18-Nov-2020
Date: 2020
Publication information: The Oncologist 2020; online first: 18 November
Abstract: The lockdown measures of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic have disengaged patients with cancer from formal health care settings, leading to an increased use of social media platforms to address unmet needs and expectations. Although remote health technologies have addressed some of the medical needs, the emotional and mental well-being of these patients remain underexplored and underreported. We used a validated artificial intelligence framework to conduct a comprehensive real-time analysis of two data sets of 2,469,822 tweets and 21,800 discussions by patients with cancer during this pandemic. Lung and breast cancer are most prominently discussed, and the most concerns were expressed regarding delayed diagnosis, cancellations, missed treatments, and weakened immunity. All patients expressed significant negative sentiment, with fear being the predominant emotion. Even as some lockdown measures ease, it is crucial that patients with cancer are engaged using social media platforms for real-time identification of issues and the provision of informational and emotional support.
DOI: 10.1002/onco.13604
ORCID: 0000-0002-6212-8312
Journal: The Oncologist
PubMed URL: 33210442
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: COVID-19
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