French guidelines for protection of cancer patients against COVID-19
Guidelines commissioned by the French Health Ministry based on concerns about greater risk of coronavirus on people with cancer.
“For patients with cancer infected with influenza, the risk of hospital admission for respiratory distress is four times higher, and the risk of death ten times higher than patients without cancer. This exacerbation seems to be particularly marked in those with neutropenia or lymphopenia, a feature commonly seen in patients with cancer treated with multiple therapies.”
Ref: You B et al The official French guidelines to protect patients with cancer against SARS-CoV-2 infection. The Lancet Oncology.DOI: 10.1016/S1470-2045(20)30204-7. (25 March 2020).