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Treating cancer survivors, patients amid COVID-19

  • Sebastian Partogi

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 27 2020   /  01:53 am
Careful treatment: Looking out from the inside of a radiotherapy equipment for cancer patients, which annihilates cancerous cells with minimal damage to the patient’s healthy cells. Due to their already- compromised immune system, cancer patients need to take special precautions while treating their illness during COVID-19.(Shutterstock/Li Wa)

During the COVID-19 pandemic, cancer survivors and patients – along with their caregivers – need to take special precautions regarding their health. “First of all, about 60 to 70 percent of all cancer survivors already have a compromised immune system. When your immune system is compromised, you will be more vulnerable to contracting the coronavirus. When you are a cancer patient, you will be even more vulnerable, because cancer treatments such as radiotherapy and chemotherapy, also cause your immunity to decline,” Indonesian Oncology Radiation Association (PORI) chairwoman Soehartati A. Gondhowiarjo told The Jakarta Post on Oct. 23. “Therefore, when cancer patients contract the coronavirus, their chances of getting a severe case of COVID-19 stand at 39 percent, whereas for people who don’t have cancer, their likelihood of getting a severe case o...