Sleep disorders before and during the COVID-19 pandemic in patients assigned to adjuvant radiotherapy for breast cancer

Dirk Rades*, Carlos A. Narvaez, Steven E. Schild, Soeren Tvilsted, Troels W. Kjaer

*Korrespondierende/r Autor/-in für diese Arbeit
11 Zitate (Scopus)

Abstract

Background/Aim: The anticipation of radiotherapy can cause distress and sleep disorders, which may be aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic. This study investigated sleep disorders in a large cohort of patients with breast cancer before and during the pandemic. Patients and Methods: Twenty-three characteristics were retrospectively analyzed for associations with pre-radiotherapy sleep disorders in 338 patients. Moreover, 163 patients presenting before and 175 patients presenting during the COVID-19 pandemic were compared for sleep disorders. Results: Sleep disorders were significantly associated with age ≤60 years (p=0.006); high distress score (p<0.0001); more emotional (p<0.0001), physical (p<0.0001) or practical (p<0.0001) problems; psycho-oncological need (p<0.0001); invasive cancer (p=0.003); chemotherapy (p<0.001); and hormonal therapy (p=0.006). Sleep disorders were similarly common in both groups (prior to vs. during the pandemic: 40% vs. 45%, p=0.38). Conclusion: Although additional significant risk factors for sleep disorders were identified, the COVID-19 pandemic appeared to have no significant impact on sleep disorders in patients scheduled for irradiation of breast cancer.

OriginalspracheEnglisch
ZeitschriftIn Vivo
Jahrgang35
Ausgabenummer4
Seiten (von - bis)2253-2260
Seitenumfang8
ISSN0258-851X
DOIs
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 2020

Strategische Forschungsbereiche und Zentren

  • Zentren: Universitäres Cancer Center Schleswig-Holstein (UCCSH)
  • Profilbereich: Lübeck Integrated Oncology Network (LION)

Coronavirus-Bezug

  • Forschung zu SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19

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