Patients with cancer ‘at greater risk’ of poor COVID-19 outcomes

US researchers say patients with active cancer are more at risk than those in remission
Reuters Health Staff writer
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Patients with active cancers and those in remission face significantly higher risk of severe COVID-19 compared to those without cancer, a study shows.

An analysis of medical records from 323 patients who tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus revealed that among the 67 with a history of cancer, there were higher rates of hospitalisation and 30-day mortality related to COVID-19, researchers reported in JNCI Cancer Spectrum.