Cancer patients and COVID-19 (search done on 5 April 2020)

Added June 25, 2020

Citation: Moujaess E, Kourie HR, Ghosn M. Cancer patients and research during COVID-19 pandemic: A systematic review of current evidence. Critical Reviews in Oncology/Hematology. 2020 Jun;150:102972.

What is this? Some patients with cancer will contract COVID-19.

In this rapid review, the authors searched for studies that investigated the clinical characteristics of adult cancer patients who contracted COVID-19. They restricted their searches to articles published in English, French or Chinese since December 2019 and did the search on 5 April 2020. They included 68 opinion publications and 20 observational studies.

What was found: At the time of the review, the included studies showed that COVID-19 can present differently in patients with cancer compared to the general population, which might make COVID-19 diagnosis more challenging in patients with cancer.

At the time of the review, the included studies showed that cancer treatments and cancer research had been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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