Any person whose immune system is suppressed is at higher risk of contracting diseases.
1. Are cancer patients at a higher risk of developing the coronavirus?
Any patient who is undergoing cancer treatment is at higher risk of contracting the coronavirus. Cancer and its treatments weaken a person’s immune systems. While individual bodies react differently, immune systems are likely to fully recover years after patients complete treatment.
Everyone who has had their immunity compromised as a result of either diseases or treatment should strictly adhere to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization to reduce your risk.
Any person whose immune system is suppressed or eliminated due to disease and treatment is at higher risk of contracting diseases. Therefore, as doctors and health officials advise, the best way to prevent illnesses is to avoid being exposed to this virus. This is especially important for cancer patients because they are at higher risk for serious illness, if they get infected; particularly patients who are in active treatment such as chemotherapy and bone marrow transplant patients.
These are stressful times and health concerns as a result of COVID-19 are on the increase. All cancer patients should strive to keep stress at bay by eating healthy and exercising regularly, getting plenty of sleep, doing enjoyable stuff and opening up to loved ones. Taking breaks from news and social media can also help.