Doctors assess the impact of coronavirus on people with cancer
Nikolay Zhukov, board member of the Russian Society of Clinical Oncology (RUSSCO), commented on the situation when a person with oncology becomes ill with coronavirus.
“Any additional disease on which the coronavirus is superimposed may worsen ... If a person has any severe manifestations of cancer, this does not mean that all cancer patients are at high risk. If a person who has a large tumor requires some kind of aggressive treatment with a large number of complications and COVID-19 is superimposed on it, then he will have a higher risk of a severe course, ”Zhukov said.
In addition, the doctor noted the low likelihood that the coronavirus can cause cancer.
“Based on what is known about this virus, this is unlikely. No mechanisms have been described that could trigger the oncological process in connection with this virus. The answer to the question of whether this is actually so from a practical point of view will be clear, I think, in 10-15 years. Usually, approximately this period passes from the moment of exposure to a carcinogen to the development of a tumor, ”the specialist added.
From November 11 to November 14, experts will discuss at the 24th Russian Oncology Congress, which will be held online, how the coronavirus has affected the oncological care system.
Previously, doctors talked about the treatment of coronavirus in people with multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes.