Radiotherapy-Related Fatigue Associated Impairments in Lung Cancer Survivors during COVID-19 Voluntary Isolation
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AuthorHeredia Ciuró, Alejandro; Castillo Pérez, María Isabel; Lazo Prados, Antonio; Granados Santiago, María; López López, Laura; Ortiz Rubio, Araceli; Valenza, Marie Carmen
Lung cancerCOVID-19 lockdownRadiotherapyFatigueImpairments
Heredia-Ciuró, A... [et al.]. Radiotherapy-Related Fatigue Associated Impairments in Lung Cancer Survivors during COVID-19 Voluntary Isolation. Healthcare 2022, 10, 448. [https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare10030448]
SponsorshipFPU ("Formacion Profesorado Universitario") grant of the Spanish Ministry of Education (Spain) FPU: 17/00408 FPU: 20/01670
The main objective of this study was to investigate the impairments presented after COVID-19 voluntary isolation by lung cancer survivors that experienced radiotherapy-related fatigue. In this observational study, data were collected after COVID-19 voluntary isolation. Patients were divided into two groups according to their fatigue severity reported with the Fatigue Severity Scale. Health status was assessed by the EuroQol-5D, anxiety and depression by the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, and disability by theWorld Health Organization Disability Assessment Schedule 2.0. A total of 120 patients were included in the study. Patients with severe fatigue obtained higher impairment results compared to patients without severe fatigue, with significant differences in all the variables (p < 0.05). Lung cancer survivors who experienced severe radiotherapy-related fatigue presented higher impairments after COVID-19 voluntary isolation than lung cancer patients who did not experience severe radiotherapy-related fatigue, and showed high levels of anxiety, depression and disability, and a poor self-perceived health status.