Coronavirus Guide for Cancer Patients

Making Treatment Decisions During COVID-19


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Which Vaccine is Best For Cancer Patients? 'The First One Available to You' Say Leading Experts

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A Warning to Women About Mammograms After COVID-19 Vaccination

Stephanie Watson

Can You Get Chemotherapy for Cancer at Home? The New Push During COVID-19

Sonya Collins

5 COVID-19 Vaccine Questions Answered by Expert Physician

Noorulain Khawaja

Am I Immune After The First COVID-19 Vaccine Shot? No, It Can Take Weeks

Dr. James Taylor

Stressed Out By Ovarian Cancer and COVID-19? Here’s How to Cope

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Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center

Will COVID-19 Actually Lead To More Skin Cancers? Experts Suspect That More Time Inside Increases Risk

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New Research Shows People With Cancer More Likely to Die of COVID-19 - Breaking Down the Data

New Disease Appearing in Children Amid COVID-19 - What to Know About Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome

Make-A-Wish Foundation Forced To Put 5,000 Wishes On Hold Due To COVID-19

Cancer Clinical Trials Suspended Across The Globe Amid COVID-19 -- Practical Guidance For Patients Seeking Enrollment

Mammograms Down 90% at Massachusetts General Hospital - Practical Guidance for Women Who Need Screening During COVID-19

Too Many Cancer Patients Ignoring Life-Threatening Symptoms, Says NYU Oncologist - 'Just Call Us'

Cancer Screenings Have Dropped Nearly 70% Amid The Coronavirus Pandemic - Delays In Routine Checkups Disrupt Early Detection

Innovative New Drug Approved For Multiple Myeloma Is Being Tested For COVID-19 Treatment


Due to COVID-19, Surgery is Being Postponed for Suspected, but Unconfirmed Ovarian Cancer

To Stop COVID-19 From Killing So Many African-Americans - Address Poverty, Smoking & Obesity, Leading Expert Says

From the Coronavirus Epicenter: My Patients Are Doing Remarkably, Says Leading Lung Cancer Surgeon

What Do People With Lung Cancer Need to Know About COVID-19?

Cancer Centers Adapting, Patients Receiving Treatment - The Latest Reporting Every Cancer Patient Should Read

Cancer Patients & COVID-19 — When to Stay Home & Call and When to Go in to Your Doctor

Emergency Room Doctor: How We Treat Cancer Patients With Coronavirus Symptoms


What Are Of The Risks Of Having Prostate Cancer Surgery During The Coronavirus?

Coronavirus and Cancer Survivors: How Long Are You Extra-Vulnerable After Treatment Ends?

Cancer Centers Share the Steps They're Taking to Keep Patients with Compromised Immune Systems Safe from the Coronavirus

Later Stage

What Lung Cancer Patients Should Know About Immunotherapy During Coronavirus

'A Ventilator is Not a Fitbit': The Terrible Reality of a Mechanical Breathing Tube

Making Treatment Decisions During COVID-19

Additional Resources

As the coronavirus spreads in the United States, doctors have been clear that the risks associated with the virus are most severe for adults over 60 and people with underlying conditions or the immunocompromised, which includes patients with cancer. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has provided a summary of the COVID-19 situation thus far.

Taking Precautions

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided a number of precautions that people at risk for serious illness from COVID-19 can take, including:

  • Stay home as much as possible
  • Pay attention for potential COVID-19 symptoms including, fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you feel like you are developing symptoms, call your doctor.
  • If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. In adults, emergency warning signs include:
    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • New confusion or inability to arouse
    • Bluish lips or face
  • Clean your hands often — wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place.
  • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places — elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking with people, etc. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something.
  • Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, etc.
  • Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs: practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks & cell phones).
  • Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces. Your risk of exposure to respiratory viruses like COVID-19 may increase in crowded, closed-in settings with little air circulation if there are people in the crowd who are sick.
  • Avoid all non-essential travel including plane trips, and especially avoid embarking on cruise ships.

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