Viewpoint of Cancer Patients in India During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Prospective Observational Study


  • Davies Miller Author


COVID-19 , pandemic, observational study, Preliminary findings


Background: The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted healthcare systems worldwide, posing unique challenges for cancer patients. This prospective observational study aims to explore the experiences and perspectives of cancer patients in India during the COVID-19 pandemic. Methods: A multi-center prospective observational study was conducted across several hospitals in India. Cancer patients undergoing treatment or follow-up care during the pandemic were included. Data was collected through structured interviews, surveys, and medical records review. The study assessed the impact of the pandemic on cancer care, including access to treatment, psychological well-being, and perceived quality of care. Results: Preliminary findings reveal a complex interplay between the pandemic and cancer care in India. Many patients faced challenges such as limited access to healthcare facilities, disruptions in treatment schedules, and increased psychological distress. However, innovative solutions, including telemedicine and home-based care, emerged to mitigate these challenges. Patients expressed a range of emotions, from fear and anxiety to resilience and hope, highlighting the need for tailored support services. Conclusion: This prospective observational study provides valuable insights into the experiences of cancer patients in India during the COVID-19 pandemic. The findings underscore the importance of adapting cancer care delivery to meet the evolving needs of patients in times of crisis. Future research should focus on long-term outcomes and interventions to enhance the resilience of cancer patients facing similar challenges.