A new study has been conducted to find the impact of deadly coronavirus on cancer patients. The research shows how dangerous COVID-19 is for current and former cancer patients. According to the research, cancer patients who developed COVID-19 were much more likely to die within a month the people without it. Another study finds a similar trend.
These reports are the largest on people with both cancer and COVID-19 diseases in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, and Spain. In one study, half of 928 current and former cancer patients with coronavirus were hospitalized and 13 per cent died. The casualty rate is far more than the various rates that have been reported in the general population.
The results of both the study were published in the journal Lancet and will be discussed this weekend at an American Society of Clinical Oncology conference being held online because of the pandemic.
A similar study was conducted on 800 patients by researchers in England. This included various types of cancer and COVID-19 patients and the study found an even higher death rate i.e. 28 percent. The study concluded that the risk rose with age and other health problems such as high blood pressure.
“Among patients with cancer and COVID-19, 30-day all-cause mortality was high and associated with general risk factors and risk factors unique to patients with cancer,” the report said.
The studies will definitely have big implications as more than 1.6 million new cancers are diagnosed in the US every year, several million Americans are in treatment now and about 20 million are cancer survivors.
“The results show the wisdom of measures that many hospitals have taken to delay or modify care for many cancer patients and the need for people treated in the past to be extra careful now,” said Dr. Jeremy Warner, a Vanderbilt University data scientist who led the larger study.
“If they don’t have COVID-19, they want to do anything they can to avoid getting it,” he added.