Cancer Med 2021 06 10;10(12):3928-3937. Epub 2021 May 10.
Department of Internal Medicine V, Hematology and Oncology, Comprehensive Cancer Center Innsbruck (CCCI), Medical University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria.
Background: To permit timely mitigation of adverse effects on overall clinical outcome, it is essential to understand how the pandemic influences distress and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in cancer patients during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
Methods: In this cross-sectional study, adult cancer patients, without COVID-19 symptoms, completed a 13-item questionnaire about the pandemic's impacts on distress and everyday-life; associations with age, sex, or impaired HRQOL were then assessed by binary logistic regressions. In a subsample of patients with HRQOL assessment available from both before and during the pandemic, we evaluated the pandemic's impact on longitudinal changes in HRQOL reported within 6 months before versus during the COVID-19 lockdown using McNemar's test, and thresholds for clinical importance. Read More