[Psycho-Oncology] Psychological distress during the 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID ‐19) pandemic among cancer survivors and healthy controls

DWL Ng, FHF Chan, TJ Barry, C Lam, CY Chong, HCS Kok, Q Liao, R Fielding, WWT Lam

04 June, 2020


  • Low perceived risk from COVID-19, but high compliance with the adoption of
    precautionary measures was observed in both cancer survivors and healthy control.
  • About 1 in 8 reported borderline-toclinical levels of anxiety in both samples.
  • About 1 in 7 cancer survivors and 1 in 9 healthy controls reported borderline-to-clinical
    levels of depressive symptoms.
  • Cancer survivors reported more catastrophizing about COVID-19 pandemic, but
    experienced less general anxiety than did healthy controls.
  • Noted use of support-seeking coping associated with high distress, possibly due to social

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