Dr Dimpy Shah speaks to ecancer about data into the clinical impact of COVID-19 on patients with cancer from the COVID-19 and Cancer Consortium (CCC19), presented at the 2020 ASCO virtual meeting.
She explains that CCC19 has over 100 cancer centres and institutions participating and is the largest registry collecting data on COVID-19 and cancer patients with a global reach.
Dr Shah reports that, looking at the data from over 1000 cases, one of the main findings showed the overall mortality rate for cancer patients with COVID-19 to be 13%, which is more than double the global reported death rate.
She also details some of the risk factors associated with increased risk of mortality: older age, male sex, former smoker and having two or more comorbidities or chronic conditions.
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