• To date, no evidence is available to suggest that any cancer treatments raise your risk for getting COVID-19 any more or less than anyone else who is exposed to the virus. 
  • There is some evidence that patients with cancer may experience more serious COVID-19 infection if they acquire it, likely because cancer and cancer treatment can contribute to weakened immune systems which can then lead to a reduced ability to fight off infections. 
  • Patients who are getting treatment for cancer also interact with the health care system more frequently than the general population, so more exposure in that setting may contribute to a higher risk of getting an infection, but that is not known with certainty at this point. 
  • Patients are advised to speak with their cancer care team about whether non-essential clinic visits can be skipped, re-scheduled, or conducted by telephone or videoconferencing. 
  • Keep in mind, however, that skipping treatment for cancer because of concerns about the risk of infection with COVID-19 is a serious decision and something that should be discussed with your oncologist. 


  1. https://www.cancer.net/blog/2020-03/common-questions-about-coronavirus-2019-and-cancer-answers-patients-and-survivors
  2. https://www.cancer.gov/contact/emergency-preparedness/coronavirus
  3. https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanonc/article/PIIS1470-2045(20)30150-9/fulltext 
  4. https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/927215 
  5. https://www.nccn.org/covid-19/