Am I more likely to contract COVID-19 because I have cancer?

Cancer treatment, for example chemotherapy, can lower the immune system. If you are currently undergoing cancer treatment or have a blood-related cancer such as leukaemia or lymphoma, your immune system may be weaker, which means your body may not be able to as effectively fight the virus as someone who is healthy and well.


As such, it’s important to be aware of the symptoms of COVID-19 and to call your doctor if you are concerned. Healthdirect Australia has developed the COVID-19 Symptom Checker, an online self-guided tool to help people find out if they need to seek medical help. There is further information around minimising your risk in the questions below.


It is normal and understandable that you might feel anxious about contracting COVID-19. If you are feeling anxious, have questions or need support, please remember that Cancer Council’s information and support line is available on 13 11 20 during business hours. Our specially trained team can provide emotional support as well as practical tips for minimising the risk of infection during this time.


You may also like to post your questions or discuss any concerns in our Cancer and COVID-19 forum here in the Online Community.



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