How will COVID-19 affect patients with cancer?

A study suggesting increased susceptibility has flaws, say specialists

Chinese doctors have cast doubt on an early COVID-19 study that suggested patients with a history of cancer are more susceptible to the virus than the general population. They posit instead that smoking and interrupted cancer treatment may be confounders.

Findings from the nationwide study of 1590 COVID-19 cases from 500 hospitals in China, published in the Lancet Oncology last month, identified 18 patients with a history of cancer, which “seems