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As a childhood cancer survivor, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic may cause you an extra sense of worry. That’s natural.
Some childhood cancer survivors may be at higher risk for developing complications of COVID-19 because they have certain medical conditions. In many cases, they developed these conditions because of the cancer treatments they received during childhood or adolescence. These are known as late effects.
The Centers for Disease Control says that older people and individuals of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions appear to be at higher risk for developing complications of COVID-19.
High-risk conditions could include, according to the CDC:
Mild to moderate symptoms of COVID-19 include:
Serious complications could be:
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed the coronavirus.
Coronavirus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person through droplets from a person’s sneeze or cough. In some cases, people who have the coronavirus could spread it before they show symptoms.
It may also be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eye. This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Elective well appointments should be postponed until shelter-in-place orders are lifted.
If you have concerns about specific health issues, please contact your survivorship team. The team can advise you if your medical concerns require immediate attention.
Reviewed: March 2020