Our daily lives have been severely altered as the fear of the current pandemic grows. The most vulnerable among us are in even greater danger of the effects of COVID-19 than originally believed to be, new studies show. As we come to understand and endure the challenges of COVID-19, high-risk populations among us face additional difficulties when it comes to protecting themselves, and receiving treatment for pre-existing conditions like lung cancer, mesothelioma, and other cancers.
New Research on Cancer Patients Infected with COVID-19
Groundbreaking studies are released almost every day on coronavirus in relation to the countless different medical issues that exist. Though there is still much we do not know about the virus, new research from China suggests that cancer patients in particular are at greater risk of developing severe symptoms that might lead to death, specifically those with lung and blood cancers that are in the late-stages of their disease. Findings presented at the American Association for Cancer Research virtual meeting explained that 11.4% of 105 lung cancer patients died compared to 5% of non-cancer patients. It is not clear whether lung cancer patients have any higher risk of actually getting infected with COVID-19, but the results did show that the presence of the virus in the lungs played a role in the worse outcomes. Mesothelioma itself is caused by inhaling asbestos fibers that lodge in the lining of the lungs and lead to scarring and overtime, aggressive cancer.
COVID-19 Impacts on Mesothelioma Patients and their Treatment
The virus has overwhelmed the healthcare system in major U.S. cities like New York City and New Orleans, and it shows little sign of slowing down. It has also greatly impacted medical communities and institutions, and by extension patients like those dealing with mesothelioma. The influx of those ill with COVID-19 has slowed down services. This means that something as simple as rescheduling a follow up visit, or as complicated as the postponement of a necessary surgery can require a lot longer to resolve. This reality leaves those with pre-existing conditions at greater disadvantage and risk.
Guidelines of Safety and Health
It is important to take notice and listen to health professionals and medical experts. National organizations like the CDC should be regularly monitored and referred to for guidance on how and when to socially distance, as well as how to protect oneself by practicing good habits like regularly washing hands. Members of high-risk populations like those with pre-existing conditions, should work with their doctors regarding the benefits and risks of postponing or rescheduling certain treatments. Telehealth services may be a viable option for keeping up with routine medical visits. And the American Cancer Society suggests that patients talk to their cancer care team about any additional precautions that should be taken.
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