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Proffered Paper - SARS-CoV-2 and cancer 1

LBA70_PR - The impact of COVID-19 on oncology professionals: Initial results of the ESMO resilience task force survey collaboration


19 Sep 2020


Proffered Paper - SARS-CoV-2 and cancer 1


COVID-19 and Cancer

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Susana Banerjee


Annals of Oncology (2020) 31 (suppl_4): S1142-S1215. 10.1016/annonc/annonc325


S. Banerjee1, K.H.J. Lim2, K.V. Kamposioras3, K. Murali4, C. Oing5, K. Punie6, M. O'Connor7, B. Devnani8, M. Lambertini9, C. Benedikt Westphalen10, P. Garrido Lopez11, T.M.S. Amaral12, E. Thorne13, G. Morgan14, J.B.A.G. Haanen15, C. Hardy16

Author affiliations

  • 1 Gynaecology Department, Royal Marsden Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Institute of Cancer Research, SW3 6JJ - London/GB
  • 2 Medical Oncology Department, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, M20 4BX - Manchester/GB
  • 3 Medical Oncology Dept., The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, M20 4BX - Manchester/GB
  • 4 Clinical Genetics Fellow, Austin Hospital, 3084 - Heidelberg/AU
  • 5 Internal Medicine Ii Department, UKE Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf KMTZ, 20246 - Hamburg/DE
  • 6 Medical Oncology Dept., University Hospitals Leuven - Campus Gasthuisberg, 3000 - Leuven/BE
  • 7 Medical Oncology Dept., University Hospital Waterford, X91 ER8E - Waterford/IE
  • 8 Medical Oncology Dept., All India Institute of Medical Sciences, 110029 - Delhi/IN
  • 9 Medical Oncology Dept., IRCCS AOU San Martino - IST-Istituto Nazionale per la Ricerca sul Cancro, 16132 - Genova/IT
  • 10 Medical Oncology Department, Ludwig Maximilians University - Grosshadern, 81377 - Munich/DE
  • 11 Medical Oncology, Hospital Universitario Ramon y Cajal, 28031 - Madrid/ES
  • 12 Dermatooncology Center, University Hospital Tubingen, 72076 - Tuebingen/DE
  • 13 Division Of Health Research, Lancaster University, Lancaster/GB
  • 14 Oncology, Skane University Hospital, 222 41 - Lund/SE
  • 15 Medical Oncology Dept, Netherlands Cancer Hospital, 1066 CX - Amsterdam/NL
  • 16 Organisational Health And Well Being, Lancaster University, LA1 4YW - Lancaster/GB


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Abstract LBA70_PR


The impact of the COVID-19 (CV-19) pandemic on wellbeing has the potential for serious negative consequences on work, home life and patient care. The ESMO Resilience Task Force collaboration set out to investigate wellbeing in oncology over time since CV-19.


2 online surveys were conducted (survey I April/May; survey II July/August 2020). Statistical analyses were used to examine group differences, associations and to explore predictors of key outcomes: 1) wellbeing/distress (Wellbeing Index (WBI-9)), 2) burnout (1 item); and 3) CV-19 job performance (2 item CJP; standard of care and job delivery compared to pre-CV 19).


Survey I had 1520 participants from 101 countries. Responses indicate that CV-19 is impacting the oncology workforce resulting in a number of changes to work and personal lives. 25% were at risk of distress (poor wellbeing, WBI ≥4); 38% reported feeling burnout and 66% were not able to perform their job compared to pre-CV-19. Higher CJP was significantly associated with better wellbeing and not feeling burnout (p<0.01). Differences were seen in wellbeing and CJP between countries (p<0.001) and related to CV-19 country mortality rate (p<0.05). The main predictors of wellbeing, burnout and CJP were resilience and changes to work hours. Others frequently identified were coping strategies, ethnicity, concern about training/career, worried about current wellbeing, and working conditions. In Survey II, results from 942 participants are undergoing analysis. Overall, comparisons between surveys show overall wellbeing and burnout rates have worsened overtime but CJP has improved. Among 272 participants who completed both surveys, WBI scores ≥4 (indicating higher risk of distress) and burnout rates were higher in survey II compared to survey I (22% vs 31% p=0.01; 35% vs 49% p=0.001 respectively) suggesting wellbeing and burnout may be worsening overtime. CJP improved (38% vs 54% p<0.001).


In the largest global survey series, COVID-19 is impacting on the wellbeing and job performance of oncology professionals. Risk of distress and burnout has increased over time. Urgent measures to address wellbeing and improve resilience are essential.

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S. Banerjee: Research grant/Funding (institution): AstraZeneca; Research grant/Funding (self): GSK; Honoraria (self): Amgen; Honoraria (self): AstraZeneca; Honoraria (self): MSD; Honoraria (self): GSK; Honoraria (self): Clovis; Honoraria (self): Genmab; Honoraria (self): Merck Serono; Honoraria (self): Mersana; Honoraria (self): Pfizer; Honoraria (self): Seattle Genetics; Honoraria (self): Tesaro. C. Oing: Research grant/Funding (institution): PharmaMar; Travel/Accommodation/Expenses: Ipsen; Travel/Accommodation/Expenses: PharmaMar; Travel/Accommodation/Expenses: Medac. K. Punie: Honoraria (self): AstraZeneca; Honoraria (self): Eli Lilly; Honoraria (self): Novartis; Honoraria (self): Pfizer; Honoraria (self): Pierre Fabre; Honoraria (self): Hoffmann La Roche; Honoraria (self): Vifor Pharma; Speaker Bureau/Expert testimony: Eli Lilly; Speaker Bureau/Expert testimony: Mundi Pharma; Speaker Bureau/Expert testimony: Novartis; Speaker Bureau/Expert testimony: Pfizer; Speaker Bureau/Expert testimony: Hoffmann La Roche; Honoraria (self): Teva; Research grant/Funding (institution): Sanofi; Travel/Accommodation/Expenses: AstraZeneca; Travel/Accommodation/Expenses: Novartis; Travel/Accommodation/Expenses: Pfizer; Travel/Accommodation/Expenses: PharmaMar; Travel/Accommodation/Expenses: Hoffmann La Roche. M. Lambertini: Advisory/Consultancy: Roche; Advisory/Consultancy: Novartis; Honoraria (institution): Theramex; Honoraria (institution): Takeda; Honoraria (institution): Roche; Honoraria (institution): Lilly; Honoraria (institution): Pfizer; Honoraria (institution): Novartis. C. Benedikt Westphalen: Honoraria (institution), Speaker Bureau/Expert testimony, Travel/Accommodation/Expenses: Bayer; Honoraria (self), Honoraria (institution), Travel/Accommodation/Expenses: Celgene; Honoraria (self), Honoraria (institution), Speaker Bureau/Expert testimony, Travel/Accommodation/Expenses: Ipsen; Honoraria (self), Honoraria (institution), Speaker Bureau/Expert testimony, Travel/Accommodation/Expenses: MedScape; Honoraria (self), Honoraria (institution), Speaker Bureau/Expert testimony, Travel/Accommodation/Expenses: Rafael Pharmaceuticals; Honoraria (self), Honoraria (institution), Speaker Bureau/Expert testimony, Travel/Accommodation/Expenses: RedHIll; Honoraria (self), Honoraria (institution), Speaker Bureau/Expert testimony, Travel/Accommodation/Expenses: Roche; Honoraria (self), Honoraria (institution), Speaker Bureau/Expert testimony, Travel/Accommodation/Expenses: Servier; Honoraria (self), Honoraria (institution), Speaker Bureau/Expert testimony, Travel/Accommodation/Expenses: Shire; Honoraria (self), Honoraria (institution), Speaker Bureau/Expert testimony, Travel/Accommodation/Expenses: Taiho; Research grant/Funding (institution): Roche. P. Garrido Lopez: Advisory/Consultancy: AbbVie; Speaker Bureau/Expert testimony: AstraZeneca; Advisory/Consultancy: BluePrint Medicine; Advisory/Consultancy, Speaker Bureau/Expert testimony: Boerhinger Ingelheim; Advisory/Consultancy, Speaker Bureau/Expert testimony: BMS; Advisory/Consultancy: Gilead; Advisory/Consultancy: Guardant Health; Advisory/Consultancy: Janssen; Advisory/Consultancy: Lilly; Advisory/Consultancy, Speaker Bureau/Expert testimony: MSD; Advisory/Consultancy, Speaker Bureau/Expert testimony: Novartis; Advisory/Consultancy, Speaker Bureau/Expert testimony: Pfizer; Advisory/Consultancy, Speaker Bureau/Expert testimony: Roche; Advisory/Consultancy, Speaker Bureau/Expert testimony: Takeda; Speaker Bureau/Expert testimony: Rovi; Speaker Bureau/Expert testimony: Sysmex. T.M.S. Amaral: Honoraria (self), Travel/Accommodation/Expenses: BMS; Honoraria (self), Travel/Accommodation/Expenses: Novartis; Honoraria (self): PIerre Fabre; Honoraria (institution): Neracare; Honoraria (institution): Sanofi. J.B.A.G. Haanen: Advisory/Consultancy: AIMM THerapeutics; Advisory/Consultancy: Amgen; Advisory/Consultancy: AZ; Advisory/Consultancy: Bayer; Advisory/Consultancy: BioNtech; Advisory/Consultancy: BMS; Advisory/Consultancy: GSK; Advisory/Consultancy: Gateta; Advisory/Consultancy: Immunocore; Advisory/Consultancy: Ipsen; Advisory/Consultancy: Merck Serono; Advisory/Consultancy: MSD; Advisory/Consultancy: Molecular Partners; Advisory/Consultancy: Roche; Advisory/Consultancy: Sanofi; Advisory/Consultancy: Seattle Genetics; Advisory/Consultancy: Third Rock Venture; Advisory/Consultancy: Vaximm; Research grant/Funding (institution): Neogene; Research grant/Funding (institution): Amgen; Research grant/Funding (institution): BMS; Research grant/Funding (institution): BIoNthech; Research grant/Funding (institution): MSD; Research grant/Funding (institution): Novartis; Advisory/Consultancy: Genentech. All other authors have declared no conflicts of interest.

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