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Gerontology & Geriatrics Studies

Should Older Cancer Patients be Tested for Coronavirus-19 Disease Before Treatment: Recommendation of the International Geriatric Radiotherapy Group

  • Open or CloseNam P Nguyen1*, Vincent Vinh Hung2 and Ulf Karlsson2,3

    1Howard University, Department of Radiation Oncology, Washington DC, USA

    2University of Martinique, Department of Radiation Oncology, Martinique, France

    3International Geriatric Radiotherapy Group, Department of Radiation Oncology, Washington DC, USA

    *Corresponding author:Nam P Nguyen, Howard University, Department of Radiation Oncology, Washington DC, USA

Submission: December 11, 2020;Published: December 16, 2020

DOI: 10.31031/GGS.2020.06.000641

ISSN 2578-0093
Volume 6 Issue 4


During the coronavirus 19 disease (COVID-19) pandemic, older patients are disproportionately affected with a higher death rate compared to younger patients because of the presence of co-morbidity. The likelihood of dying is even higher among older cancer patients who get infected [1]. As COVID-19 patients may be asymptomatic, inadvertent surgery for cancer has been reported [2]. Thus, it raises a serious issue whether older cancer patients should be tested for COVID-19 before any type of treatment such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy which may further depress their immune system and may accelerate their demise. This issue is particularly important as resources of most countries are limited. Older cancer.

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