The psychological impact of COVID-19 pandemic on patients with neuroendocrine tumors: Between resilience and vulnerability

I see a lot of emotional and anxiety issues in my private group.  I guess cancer diagnoses are involved in much of it adding to the daily issues faced in the general population.  Fears for quality of life, fears of dying, fears for how dependents will manage. For the first few years, I myself thought I might not make it.  

I once wrote an article to help people with perspective and some structure to approaching ways of dealing, this was backed up with videos from psychology and healthcare professionals who deal with cancer patients.  

February 2020 – boom!  Add in a global pandemic and all that follows and it’s throwing fuel on those fires. The COVID-19 pandemic has added another layer of complexity to the fears of NET patients. Inability to travel, difficult access to hospitals and NET clinics, delayed imaging studies, and deferred surgeries or interventional procedures in some cases. 

 I was therefore delighted to see this study from Italy entitled:

The psychological impact of COVID-19 pandemic on patients with neuroendocrine tumors: Between resilience and vulnerability”

To the knowledge of the authors, this is the first study to evaluate the psychological impact of the COVID-19 outbreak in patients with NET. The study is a bit small although they said it represented a wide range of people and types of NET.  They also pointed out the limits of the study which was only carried out in South Italy and may have “limited geographic generalizability” adding that “Nevertheless, although psychosocial regional differences should be always taken into account, we consider that the experiences and perceptions faced by study participants are similar to those experienced by NET patients internationally, or at least where lockdown measures were adopted.”

The conclusions were interesting with statements such as “In conclusion, despite heightened vulnerability in terms of PTSD occurrence, NET patients show an elevated psychological resilience in response to the COVID-19 pandemic”. But they did also say that interventions in high risk of psychological distress are necessary.  

First published: 20 September 2021 Journal of Neuroendocrinology
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