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Cancer Res Treat ; 54(3): 671-679, 2022 Jul.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1444436


PURPOSE: Literature is scarce regarding cancer care utilization during the massive outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the Republic of Korea. We investigated functional impairments in mental health and their relationships with depression, anxiety regarding the viral epidemic, and disruptions in healthcare service utilization among cancer patients in the COVID-19 pandemic era. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We used an online survey with questions related to the disturbances faced by patients with cancer in utilizing healthcare services in the pandemic era. Current mental health status was assessed using the Work and Social Adjustment Scale (WSAS), Stress and Anxiety to Viral Epidemics-6 (SAVE-6) scale, Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9), Insomnia Severity Index (ISI), Brief Resilience Scale (BRS), Cancer-Related Dysfunctional Beliefs about Sleep Scale (C-DBS), and Fear of COVID-19 over Cancer (FCC). RESULTS: Among the 221 responders, 95 (43.0%) reported disruptions in healthcare service utilization during the COVID-19 pandemic. Logistic regression analysis revealed that functional impairment in the mental health of these patients was expected due to disruptions in healthcare service utilization, high levels of depression, anxiety regarding the viral epidemic, fear of COVID over cancer, and low resilience. Mediation analysis showed that patient resilience and cancer-related dysfunctional beliefs about sleep partially mediated the effects of viral anxiety on functional impairment. CONCLUSION: In this pandemic era, patients with cancer experience depression, anxiety regarding the viral epidemic, and disruptions in healthcare service utilization, which may influence their functional impairments in mental health.

COVID-19 , Neoplasms , Anxiety/epidemiology , Anxiety/etiology , Anxiety/psychology , Delivery of Health Care , Depression/epidemiology , Depression/etiology , Depression/psychology , Humans , Mental Health , Neoplasms/epidemiology , Neoplasms/therapy , Pandemics , SARS-CoV-2
Lancet Gastroenterol Hepatol ; 5(8): 765-775, 2020 08.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-692971


Around the world, recommendations for cancer treatment are being adapted in real time in response to the pandemic of COVID-19. We, as a multidisciplinary team, reviewed the standard management options, according to the Barcelona Clinic Liver Cancer classification system, for hepatocellular carcinoma. We propose treatment recommendations related to COVID-19 for the different stages of hepatocellular carcinoma (ie, 0, A, B, and C), specifically in relation to surgery, locoregional therapies, and systemic therapy. We suggest potential strategies to modify risk during the pandemic and aid multidisciplinary treatment decision making. We also review the multidisciplinary management of intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma as a potentially curable and incurable diagnosis in the setting of COVID-19.

Carcinoma, Hepatocellular/therapy , Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology , Liver Neoplasms/therapy , Pandemics , Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology , Betacoronavirus , Bile Duct Neoplasms/therapy , COVID-19 , Carcinoma, Hepatocellular/pathology , Cholangiocarcinoma/therapy , Clinical Decision-Making , Humans , Liver Neoplasms/pathology , Neoplasm Staging , Patient Care Team , Risk Factors , SARS-CoV-2