Coronavirus (COVID-19) and cancer

COVID-19 is an infectious illness caused by a 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

The Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Novavax vaccines are currently used in the UK. Vaccines called bivalent vaccines are being used in the autumn booster programme. They protect against the original coronavirus strain and the Omicron variant.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and cancer treatment

The coronavirus pandemic has caused doctors to change how people have cancer treatments. You might be worried about your cancer treatment, care and support. Knowing more about it can help you to cope better. 

Advice on protecting yourself against coronavirus (COVID-19)

Some people have a weakened immune system or a blood cancer. If you are in this group, you should take extra care to protect yourself. Follow the advice of your healthcare team and the guidance for your part of the UK.

Updates on our science blog

The latest news, views and opinions from Cancer Research UK about coronavirus and cancer
Last reviewed: 
30 Sep 2022
Next review due: 
28 Feb 2023
Coronavirus and cancer

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

Read our information about coronavirus and cancer