ecancermedicalscience is an open access cancer journal focused on under-resourced communities. In order to help reduce global inequalities in cancer care and treatment, we provide free access to all articles from the point of publication and we only charge authors who have specific funding to cover publication costs.
The journal considers articles on all aspects of research relating to cancer, including molecular biology, genetics, pathophysiology, epidemiology, clinical reports, controlled trials (in particular if they are independent or publicly funded trials), health systems, cancer policy and regulatory aspects of cancer care.
This special issue focuses on oncology nurses and their patients during the COVID-19 pandemic and the double burden they face in Lower and Middle Income Countries (LMICs), where resources are limited under normal circumstances and now must accommodate pandemic-related challenges.
This series celebrates the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife 2020 and includes personal reports and narratives from oncology nurses across the world describing the the early psychosocial effects of the pandemic on their family and work lives, for example lockdowns and increased staff shortages due to diversion to COVID-19 wards or vulnerable nurses with chronic conditions or pregnancy staying at home while some became infected with COVID-19 and died.
The significance of the oncology nurse’s contribution to the care of people with cancer is more relevant than ever before due to their role as the cornerstone of health services, either on the frontline offering compassionate care or in leadership, research and education.
A supplement containing 15 personal narratives from nurses can be accessed here.Read the full editorial