Cancer patients and coronavirus disease 2019: Evidence in context

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In the rapidly evolving coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, inherent literature has been increasing at an impressive rate. Such a dynamic scenario imposes the necessity to define a new framework for cancer care. The first emerging evidence has transmitted contrasting messages with regards to cancer care management. Some authors have hypothesized an increased infection risk for cancer patients, with a more severe disease, requiring a reorganization of health care system that could disrupt an established high quality cancer care routine in many developed countries. Other authors have attempted to interpret data related to cancer patients by better defining their "active status". We herein present our point of view in the light of current evidence and based on the experience matured at our cancer institute in managing cancer patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our core idea is that "active cancer"may be considered a proxy of more recent exposure to diagnostic or therapeutic procedures, and the frequency of access to health care facilities can be predicted as a function of the severity of cancer symptoms. Hence, COVID-19 screening program and the adjustment of cancer care provision in a cancer institutions should be led by this risk model, while awaiting new evidence.

Original languageEnglish
Article number315
JournalJournal of Translational Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Aug 15 2020


  • Cancer care
  • Cancer patients
  • COVID-19 pandemic
  • Health care reorganization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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