Cancer patients who belong to the Black and Hispanic communities are more likely to be infected with coronavirus disease 2019, than white patients, according to findings from a study presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) Quality Care Symposium, which took place virtually on October 9-10, 2020.
Robert S Miller, Medical Director for CancerLinQ, said in an official release: “Patients with cancer are, unfortunately, faced with balancing cancer treatments with the risk of developing Covid-19. This research, while preliminary, will hopefully help patients and providers understand who’s most at risk of Covid-19 and plan cancer treatment accordingly.”
For the study, the researchers used data from ASCO’s CancerLinQ (CLQ) Discovery database.
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The researchers identified cancer patients, who had either a positive test for SARs-CoV-2 or a diagnosis code of Covid-19, from the electronic health records data of the CancerLinQ Discovery