- Patients with cancer have a higher risk of severe events and death compared with patients without cancer.1,2
- Patients who underwent chemotherapy or surgery in the past month had higher risk.1
- In Italy, it was found that 20% of patient who died from COVID-19 had an active cancer. 2
Wenhua L and al. conducted a retrospective analysis of 18 infected cancer patients and 1572 infected non cancer patients in China. Severe events are defined as ICU admission or death. It is important to mention that most of these patients had a past history of cancer and among patient with active cancer, none of them was on ICI (immune checkpoint inhibitors). Also, no stratification was made regarding the age of admitted patients.
Graziano O and al. conducted a retrospective analysis of 355 patients who died of COVID-19 in Italy and described their clinical profil.
- Wenhua L., Weijie G., Ruchong C., Wei W., Jianfu L., Ke X., et al (February 14, 2020). Cancer patients in SARS-CoV-2 infection: a nationwide analysis in China. The Lancet Oncology. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1470-2045(20)30096-6
- Graziano O., Giovannni R., Silvio B. (March 23, 2020). Case-Fatility Rate and Characteristics of patients dying in relation to covid-19 in Italy. JAMA. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.4683. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2763667