The Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Lung Cancer Community

Licun Wu, Chengke Zhang, Xiaogang Zhao

Abstract


Since the outbreak of 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) induced by a severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the pandemic has become a global catastrophe. Patients with cancer especially lung cancer are more vulnerable and susceptible to get infected by the virus SARS-CoV-2. The overwhelming impact of COVID-19 on lung cancer community may result in rise of the incidence and mortality of lung cancer. It would become more obvious in future retrospective studies. Lung cancer patients are believed at higher risk of COVID-19 due to immunosuppression and should be protected by vaccination with priority. Better understanding of SARS-CoV-2 could help develop more effective vaccines to eradicate this disease in the near future.




World J Oncol. 2021;12(1):1-6
doi: https://doi.org/10.14740/wjon1367

Keywords


COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; Lung cancer; Immunosuppression

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