Objective: This study aimed to increase understanding of the effects of the pandemic on cancer patients, survivors and caregivers.
Methods: An Internet-based survey was accessed over 2 months by individuals diagnosed with cancer or caregivers (N = 281), with descriptive statistics and chi square analysis used to compare subsets.
Results: Most participants reported social isolation (76 %) and mental health impact (70 %) since the beginning of the COVID19 pandemic; isolation appeared to correlate with mental health impact (p <.00001). Food insecurity and financial hardship correlated significantly with mental health impact; food insecurity also correlated with social isolation.
Conclusions: Our findings suggest that mental health during the pandemic in the cancer population may be impacted by social isolation, financial stress, and food insecurity, as well as stress regarding accessing cancer treatments . Awareness by psychosocial healthcare providers of need for resources to support these hardships, as well as framework to identify them, are essential elements of cancer-related care.