Coronavirus (COVID-19) and cancer

COVID-19 is an infectious illness caused by a new type of coronavirus. There are several types of coronaviruses. Some cause mild illnesses such as a cold, while others can be more serious and affect your breathing or respiratory system.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine and cancer

Three vaccines made by, Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca-Oxford and Moderna have been approved for use in the UK. Specialists say that it is important for people with cancer to have the vaccine and it is safe.

I have symptoms of cancer what should I do during the coronavirus outbreak?

Contact your doctor if you notice a change that isn't normal for you or you have possible symptoms of cancer. Spotting cancer early means treatment is more likely to be successful.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and cancer treatment

During the coronavirus pandemic, doctors have been making changes to how people have cancer treatments. It is understandable that you might worry about possible changes to your treatment. Knowing more about it can help you to cope better. 

Going into hospital during the coronavirus pandemic

Hospital teams are taking care to limit your risk of exposure to coronavirus if you need to go to the hospital. Cancer treatment centres have also been creating COVID-19 protected areas to make sure it is safe for people with cancer.

Coronavirus shielding advice

Coronavirus advice on shielding and protecting the extremely vulnerable is constantly changing in the UK. You should follow the advice for your part of the country.

Coping with cancer during the coronavirus outbreak

Coping with a diagnosis of cancer is difficult. For many, the coronavirus is an extra concern and worry. Help and support is available and there are things you can do to help yourself.

Cancer screening and coronavirus (COVID-19)

The UK has three cancer screening programmes for breast, bowel and cervical cancer. Because of COVID-19, invitations and follow-up appointments are being delayed.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and advanced cancer

For many people with advanced cancer and who are approaching the end of life, coronavirus has been making a difficult time even more challenging. Knowing what support is available can help you, and your loved ones, to feel more reassured.

Living well with cancer during the coronavirus pandemic

You can feel more in control of your health when you have cancer by trying to eat a balanced diet, staying physically active and looking after your mental wellbeing.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and children’s cancer

We are learning more about coronavirus all the time. This includes finding out coronavirus does not affect children as much as previously thought.

Updates on our science blog

The latest news, views and opinions from Cancer Research UK about coronavirus and cancer

Staying healthy at home

This page is for people without cancer. Get tips on healthy eating, staying active and stopping smoking during lockdown. 

Last reviewed: 
23 Feb 2021
Next review due: 
23 Aug 2021
Coronavirus and cancer

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