COVID-19: Patients With Cancer Experience Worse Outcomes

Compared with patients without cancer, patients with cancer have a greater risk of contracting COVID-19 in a hospital setting and experiencing severe clinical outcomes from this disease, according to the results of a study now published in Cancer Discovery. Due to coexisting medical conditions, immunosuppression caused by treatment, and poor overall health status, patients with cancer experience an increased vulnerability to infections compared with the general population. However, due to the re...
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COVID-19 Risk in Cancer Patients: Melvin LK Chua, MBBS, FRCR, PhD, and Conghua Xie, MD, PhD

Last week, a research team under the direction of Conghua Xie, MD, PhD, and Melvin LK Chua, MBBS, FRCR, PhD, reported in JAMA Oncology that patients with cancer at a hospital in Wuhan, China, experienced an increased risk of COVID-19 infection relative to other members of the community. In this interview with i3 Health, Dr. Chua and Dr. Xie discuss their findings and analyze possible factors contributing to the increased risk of COVID-19 infection in patients with cancer. Can you comment on the ...
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Increased COVID-19 Risk in Patients With Cancer

Patients with cancer are at increased risk of infection with severe adult respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), which causes COVID-19, according to a medical records review of patients with cancer at a hospital in Wuhan, China. "Patients with cancer from the epicenter of a viral epidemic harbored a higher risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection… compared with the community. However, fewer than half of these infected patients were undergoing active treatment for their cancers," note the investiga...
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