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ESMO Addresses COVID-19 and Cancer Care

The European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) released answers to key questions regarding the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in order to help oncologists continue to manage cancer care during the pandemic.

“So far, no systematic reports are available about a higher incidence of COVID-19 infections in patients with cancer,” ESMO wrote. “However, available data indicate that older people are more vulnerable, particularly when there are underlying health conditions such as chronic lung disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, and active cancer.”

For patients with cancer, ESMO suggests that the categories at risk include:

  • Patients having chemotherapy, or who have received chemotherapy in the last 3 months.
  • Patients receiving extensive radiotherapy.
  • Individuals who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months or who are…

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