COVID 19 in Cancer Afflicted Children - Impact and Lessons Learnt So Far

Priti S Mehta
2021 Acta Scientific Cancer Biology  
Keywords: COVID 19; Cancer; Oncology COVID 19 has affected Cancer afflicted children in multiple ways. Postponement of chemotherapy, shortage of beds, delayed elective surgeries, radiotherapy, contracting Covid infection due to Immunosuppressed state, shortage of blood and blood products are few of them. However, it has also taught us certain lessons as to continue chemotherapy in cancers which affect the long term prognosis. The concept of chronic viral shedders, non-requirement of repeat
more » ... ment of repeat RT-PCR testing, avoiding use of colony stimulating factors during active infection are some of the lessons learnt so far. The fact that children per se and that includes children with cancer too are not 14. Shah V., et al. "Poor outcome and prolonged persistence of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in COVID-19 patients with haematological malignancies; King's College Hospital experience". British Journal of Haematology (2020).
doi:10.31080/ascb.2021.04.0315 fatcat:bwe6dn7hizck3flpsnzenccuby