on 2021-04-18 11:25:10

Cancer patients are more susceptible to COVID-19 in future, than individuals without cancer because of their systemic immunosuppressive state caused by the malignancy and anticancer treatments, such as chemotherapy, targeted therapy, and immunotherapy.

The major risk for cancer patients is the inability to receive necessary medical services (both in terms of getting to the hospital and provision of normal medical care once there) because of the outbreak. Cancer patients were estimated to have a 2-fold increased risk of COVID-19 in comparison to the general population.

General Protection steps for cancer patients and caregiver

• Handwashing with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub

• Cover your mouth with a tissue while coughing and sneezing, dispose of the tissue, hand washing

• Avoid touching face with unclean hands

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surface

• Avoid close contact with people – keep more than 1 meter distance between you and others

• Avoid crowded spaces, especially indoors.

• Avoid contact with anyone who is ill with a cough, fever or difficulty in breathing

• Do not share objects that touch your mouth – for example, bottles, cups.

• Do not shake hands.

• Practice social distancing.

Extra protection for cancer patients:


  • Tell visitors not to call if they have any symptoms of coronavirus to avoid unnecessary panic.

  • Meet people in a well-ventilated room or outdoors.

  • Ask visitors to wash their hands properly.

  • Ask visitors to keep a space of at least 2 meters between you and them.

  • Make a joint plan with family, friends, and neighbors for the support you need now, or if you become unwell.

  • Refill your prescription medications and have over-the-counter medicines and supplies, for example, tissues and a thermometer Keep physically active, if possible.


  • Do not have any more than 2 visitors at a time to your home.

  • Do not shake hands with visitors.

  • Do not isolate yourself from friends and family.

Note: Extra protection is required for cancer patients who are older than 75 years


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