Cancer Care in the Era of COVID-19: Changing Rules of Engagement of Social Media Applications to Support Cancer Patients in LMICs

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Cancer Care in the Era of COVID-19: Changing Rules of Engagement of Social Media Applications to Support Cancer Patients in LMICs


JournalIndian Journal of Surgical Oncology
Publication date – Sep – 2020
Authors – Sanjay Kumar Yadav, Ronald Kintu Luwaga, Vahagn Hambardzumyan, Nishtha Yadav & Sanjeet Kumar Jaiswal
Keywordsletter, social media, whatsapp
Open access – Yes
SpecialityHealth policy, Surgical oncology
World region Eastern Africa
Country: Uganda
Language – English
Submitted to the One Surgery Index on November 8, 2020 at 1:32 pm
Abstract:

A patient texts a picture of his neck (Fig. 1a and b) showing no tumor from 240 miles away. Even though he could not come to hospital due to lockdown, he is able to continue his tyrosine kinase inhibitor therapy with the support of a social media (SoMe) application. Another patient in Uganda sends a photograph, which aids in home-based evaluation of her post-mastectomy wound (Fig. 1c).

COVID-19 pandemic has been a crucial wake-up call for many high-income countries (HICs), as it has brought to the fore the fragility of their healthcare systems [1]. Yet, the situation in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) can only be left to imagination as healthcare system was already fragile here. Amidst the pandemic, care of cancer patients has suffered a substantial setback. It is now apparent that cancer and COVID-19 form a deadly duo as patients having both are at very high risk of severe event [2]. Patients with cancer are at higher risk with severe events occurring in 7 (39%) of 18 patients with cancer vs 124 (8%) of 1572 patients without cancer.

OSI Number – 20724

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