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Cancer Patients Face High Mortality from COVID-19


Cancer Patients Face High Mortality from COVID-19. Largest Study of Cancer Patients with COVID-19 Provides Guidance on How to Protect This Vulnerable Population.

May 1, 2020—(BRONX, NY)—People with cancer who develop COVID-19 are much more likely to die from the disease than those without cancer, according to physician-researchers at Montefiore Health System and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. The study, published today in the online edition of Cancer Discovery, is the largest so far to assess outcomes for patients with cancer who have also been infected with COVID-19.

“Our findings emphasize the need to prevent cancer patients from contracting COVID-19 and—if they do—to identify and closely monitor these individuals for dangerous symptoms,” said Vikas Mehta, M.D., M.P.H., a co-lead author of the study, a surgical oncologist at Montefiore, and associate professor of otorhinolaryngology—head and neck surgery at Einstein. “We hope that our findings can inform states and communities that have not yet been so severely struck by this pandemic about the unique vulnerability cancer patients face.”

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Good morning 2greys,

It's nice to see you back and I sincerely hope your wife is very much better now.

Thank you for the post, take care and keep well!

Bev xxx

2greys in reply to Gingerapple

She is quite well now thank you, reluctant to returning back to work next week as I am far from recovered yet, but I am able to fend for myself if I take things slowly.

Gingerapple in reply to 2greys

Hi 2greys,

I didn't know that you had been sick, I only heard about your wife. Well, I hope you cope with going back to work, if you must go back so early??

My thoughts are with you.

2greys in reply to Gingerapple

I have to accept that my working days are over. My old company has now gone bust sadly, rather upsetting that a lifetimes work has gone with nothing to show for it. The reality is that I would never get employment again with my lungs, I would never get past an interview.

At the moment, my o2 drops like a stone the moment I start to move, a trip to the kitchen and back to make a coffee is exhausting, by the time I get my breath back the coffee is going cold.

Gingerapple in reply to 2greys


Hope you’re feeling better 2greys and Sharon too of course. Xxxxx

Good to see you back hope the both of you are feeling better it will take time

Glad to see you 2greys . I hope you are on the mend and Sharon too. xx 💐

Good to see you 2greys. You were greatly missed, as were your articles. I'm really sorry to know about your business going bust though ☹️

Welcome back I hope things improve for both of you soon X

this is worrying my friends partner has just had cancer surgery and he has been in and out of hospital twice since.

You keep getting better 2greys.

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