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 is currently not available.

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.

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.

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 some delays to these services.

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

Cancer and its treatment can lower your child’s ability to fight infection. Scientists know from research that the risk of severe coronavirus disease in children is low. This includes children with cancer.

Updates on our science blog

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

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