Many people like Piedwarbler are wondering if a diagnosis of breast cancer means they are more at risk of getting the coronavirus (COVID-19).
As far as we know the majority of people who have had breast cancer will not be at any higher risk than the rest of the population. Those who may be at higher risk include anyone with low immunity, such as people having chemotherapy or people who have had chemotherapy in the last three months.
As Chelle56 was told yesterday by her BCN, hormone therapy such as tamoxifen or letrozole does not mean you are more at risk of contracting coronavirus. Hormone therapies do not affect the immune system.
Keep taking your hormone therapy and the following advice from the NHS will help protect you and others.
See our webpage for the answers to some common questions that women are asking about breast cancer and the coronavirus.
For more general advice see Advice on Coronavirus for people with cancer.
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Hi Flosie 101
I spoke to the bcn yesterday as I am on Letrozole and have just finished rads treatment. She said they are advising us to just to follow the goverment guidelines unless you have had chemo in last 3 months x
I would like to know the same about tamoxifen - as a teacher I’m surrounded by hundreds of children every day and am
worried about Covid-19
I hope you get the answers you need
I haven't posted for a while - I will be 5 years NED next month!
I have been asked by my workplace whether letrozole reduces my immunity and therefore I am considered at risk of coronavirus. I haven't been able to find anything on the internet to say that letrozole lowers immunity but wondered if anybody could confirm this for me please.