Kvalita života onkologických pacientov počas pandémie Covid-19: naratívny prehľad
Quality of life of cancer patients during the COVID-19 pandemic: narrative review
The rapidly spreading of COVID-19 pandemic has affected all aspects of people's daily lives around the world. It has negative impact on society, a matter of great concern, especially for cancer patients. They are at increased risk of complications and mortality from coronavirus infection due to cancer and its treatment. Alongside the clinical risk, attention should be also paid to the psychological risks of the pandemic, especially regarding the increase in emotional stress, anxiety, depression and loneliness in patients. To date, there are only a limited number of studies examining the potential psychological effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on cancer patients. This narrative review synthesizes available findings including pandemic barriers to cancer care, as well as pandemic concerns and their subsequent psychosocial impact on quality of life in a particularly high-risk group of cancer patients. It highlights some of the care options for patients during the current pandemic, that can be used in case of future pandemics or in the post-pandemic period. An overview of these findings can provide a closer look of the psychological impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the quality of life of cancer patients and provide a better understanding of their concerns and overall well-being.