The COVID-19 Pandemic and Ethical Issues in Elderly Cancer Patients
Received Date : 31 Aug 2023
Accepted Date : 01 Dec 2023
Available Online : 21 Dec 2023
Doi: 10.37047/jos.2023-99349 - Article's Language: EN
Journal of Oncological Sciences. 2024;10(1):60-4.
This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license
The coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, which led to a substantial rise in anxiety and despair among the global population, severely disrupted the quality of life of elderly cancer patients. The strict measures enforced during lockdown restrictions on social life, heavy burden on the healthcare system, and isolation conditions might have caused individual, familial, and social negative consequences on elderly cancer patients. Some of these negative effects can be considered as situations that may create ethical dilemmas. In addition to the social and cultural norms of the countries, the educational, cultural, economic, and familial characteristics of elderly cancer patients can further add diversity to these ethical issues in the COVID-19 pandemic. In the present study, we attempted to classify these ethical issues according to the characteristics of elderly cancer patients.
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