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

Four vaccines made by, Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca-Oxford, Moderna and Jansen (Johnson and Johnson) have been approved for use in the UK. The single-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine will be available later in the year. 

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

Shielding is a way of protecting people who are at high risk of becoming severely ill from COVID-19. People with a weakened immune system will no longer be asked to shield again in future but will return to following the individual advice from their healthcare team. 

Cancer screening and coronavirus (COVID-19)

Cervical, breast and bowel cancer screening programmes are going ahead in the UK. But because of COVID-19, there are delays to some invitations and follow-up appointments.

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.

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.

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The latest news, views and opinions from Cancer Research UK about coronavirus and cancer
Last reviewed: 
04 Aug 2021
Next review due: 
04 Feb 2022
Coronavirus and cancer

We know it’s a worrying time for people with cancer, we have information to help.

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