Journal article

Cancer in Lockdown: Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Patients with Cancer

Harsha Moraliyage, Daswin De Silva, Weranja Ranasinghe, Achini Adikari, Damminda Alahakoon, Raj Prasad, Nathan Lawrentschuk, Damien Bolton

The Oncologist | WILEY | Published : 2020

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..

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