Journal article

Experiences and needs of people with haematological cancers during the COVID-19 pandemic: A qualitative study

Nienke Zomerdijk, Michelle Jongenelis, Eva Yuen, Jane Turner, Kathryn Huntley, Andrew Smith, Megan McIntosh, Camille E Short

PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2021

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Haematological cancer patients are particularly vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19. In addition to being immunocompromised, pandemic-related travel restrictions have impacted access to treatments and overseas stem cell donations for patients requiring transplantation. Given this vulnerability, people with haematological cancers are at risk of experiencing heightened distress during the pandemic. This study aimed to explore haematological cancer patients' experiences and needs. METHODS: Twenty-four Australian haematological cancer patients completed semi-structured interviews exploring their concerns and worries during the pandemic, impact of pandemic on management of disease, a..

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