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How are Oncology Professionals Reacting to the COVID-19 Outbreak? 


ESMO is committed to support oncology professionals, this is essential now more than ever as we face the COVID-19 crisis together.

Purpose of the Project 

We recognise that well-being is fundamental to ensure that we continue to provide the best care to cancer patients during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a global society, this is a unique opportunity for ESMO to reach out and address the impact of COVID-19 on oncologists and other oncology professionals across geographical boundaries. ESMO will provide a platform for oncology professionals, so that we can share first-hand experiences about our personal and professional challenges and learn how we can help and support each other. As the ESMO Resilience Task Force, we are planning a series of global surveys to evaluate how oncologists and other oncology professionals are affected by these challenges by assessing the impact on current daily practice, well-being, burnout and to understand what support is available. The surveys will cover relevant issues as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves and the longer-term impact across countries.

In the first survey, we will focus on finding out about key COVID-19 issues, particularly in view of how roles and cancer care may have changed during COVID-19. We will also measure current well-being and the support available. Following this, we will assess the longer-term impact of COVID-19 on well-being and other potential sequelae including burnout.

Alongside this work, we will also conduct semi-structured short interviews, which will be uploaded as videos to the ESMO website, to share first-hand real-life impressions and to provide a sense of camaraderie amongst the ESMO community.

We need concerted efforts in supporting all our colleagues working on the frontline. As part of this work, we will compile a set of tools and relevant resources, that may help improve well-being in the weeks and months ahead. The information we collate through this work will guide interventions to help oncology professionals overcome new challenges, look after their welfare and help prevent burnout for the future.

Description of Third Survey

The Impact of COVID-19: One Year On – Hopes for the Future?

A year on from the COVID-19 outbreak, many countries are experiencing yet another surge, lockdown, and changes to both personal and professional life.

This third survey focuses on the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on oncology professionals. Is the vaccine a reason for hope? This is an opportunity to assess the longer term impact of COVID-19 including burnout and wellbeing across global regions.

The survey is now closed, preliminary results will be published soon.

COVID-19: What is your current “Normal”?

Six months since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, we were at a point where countries/regions were experiencing the ‘recovery phase’, lockdown, first or subsequent surges.

This second survey focused on the current ‘normal’ for oncology professionals as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Resilience Task Force 2nd Survey Preliminary Data

ESMO recognises that COVID-19 is forcing us all to face both personal and professional challenges which are unprecedented for oncology professionals. We want to address the impact of COVID-19 on you to help us understand how we can support you better.

This is a survey developed by the ESMO Resilience Task Force in collaboration with the ESMO Young Oncologists Committee, ESMO Women for Oncology Committee, ESMO Leaders Generation Programme Alumni Members and the OncoAlert Network, to evaluate how oncologists and other oncology professionals across the world are affected by these challenges, assessing changes to routine practices, well-being and current levels of support.

The first survey is now closed, the second will be launched in July.

Resilience Task Force 1st Survey Preliminary Data

Find our members’ experiences and views about working and coping as an oncology professional during the COVID-19 pandemic:


  1. How has COVID-19 changed your work?
  2. What impact has working during COVID-19 had on your own personal health and wellbeing? 
  3. Is there anything that would help you or others be better able to manage their work, health and wellbeing during this COVID crisis?

ESMO Resilience Collaboration First Survey Team

Resilience Task Force Members
  • Susana Banerjee, United Kingdom 
  • Konstantinos Kamposioras, United Kingdom
  • Krithika Murali, Australia 
  • Christoph Oing, Germany 
  • Kevin Punie, Belgium 
  • Jonathan Lim, United Kingdom 
  • Miriam O'Connor, Ireland 
  • John Haanen, The Netherlands  
  • Claire Hardy, United Kingdom 


Wellbeing Thermometer*
  • Marios Adamou, United Kingdom
  • Matthew Roycroft, United Kingdom
ESMO Leaders Generation Programme Alumni Members 
  • Benedikt Westphalen, Germany
  • Matteo Lambertini, Italy
  • Bharti Devnani, India
ESMO Women for Oncology Committee 
  • Pilar Garrido, Spain
ESMO Young Oncologists Committee
  • Teresa Amaral, Portugal
OncoAlert Network
  • Gil Morgan, Sweden
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* Wellbeing Thermometer developed by Adamou M., Roycroft R., Mooney A., Pattani S., Kyriakidou N.


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