Cancer Patients Most Likely To Die Within A Month After Catching Coronavirus

Two new studies found that cancer patients are most at risk of COVID-19 since findings revealed that such patients who contracted the coronavirus are much more likely to die within a month.

Cancer Patients Are More Likely To Die In A Month After Contracting COVID-19

Just when you thought the coronavirus couldn’t get any worse, somehow it manages to since two new studies found that it could also be very dangerous for cancer patients, both current and former. This is because findings of the studies revealed that cancer patients that contracted the deadly viral disease are much more likely to die after a month of getting infected by it.

Additionally, the new studies are also the largest reports on people with both diseases in Spain, Canada, the United States and in the United Kingdom. For example, one study had half of its 928 former and current cancer patients with COVID-19 get themselves hospitalized. Thirteen percent of them also died not long afterwards, which is far worse than the rates that had been previously reported.

However, the other study had a higher percentage, with 28 percent out of the 800 patients with different cancer types and COVID-19 dying. Made by researchers in England, the study came from Lancet and their findings reveal that the mortality risk increased with age and other related health problems.

Per health experts in the U.S., these new studies have big implications because the country gets more than 1.6 million new diagnosed cancer cases on an annual level. Furthermore, several million Americans are also in treatment because of now, while 20 million of them are cancer survivors.

“If they don’t have COVID-19, they want to do anything they can to avoid getting it,” Dr. Jeremy Warner, a Vanderbilt University data scientist who led the larger study, said. He added that the findings show the measures that hospitals have taken to delay cancer treatment for most patients.

“The pandemic is posing incredible demands on the cancer care system and the new studies show good reason for concern,” Dr. Howard Burris, president of the cancer society, said.

Coronavirus & COVID-19 An artist's representation of the novel coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 disease. Pixabay