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Caronavirus and Radiotherapy


Re: Caronavirus and Radiotherapy

Hi Alibobs


Thanks for posting.


Many people 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 and so can follow the advice given for the rest of the population. This includes those on hormone therapy or who have had radiotherapy to the breast and/or lymph nodes as part of their treatment.


Those who may be at higher risk include anyone with low immunity, such as people currently having chemotherapy or people who have had chemotherapy in the last three months. 


With regard to radiotherapy, it is thought that people having intensive (radical) radiotherapy for lung cancer are likely to be at higher risk because of damage to their lungs.  Where radiotherapy is given for cancers such as leukaemia, these people are at a higher risk, since this is given to the whole body to suppress the immune system as part of their treatment.


Our webpage has more Advice on Coronavirus for people with cancer as well as some frequently asked questions from others who have had a diagnosis of breast cancer. 


The following advice from the NHS  will help protect you and others.


It is not clear from your post when you completed your breast cancer treatment, but If you are concerned, it may be helpful to contact your GP, treatment team or the coronavirus service.


Do call our Helpline if you would like to talk this through or have any further questions. Your call will be confidential and the number is free from UK landlines and all mobile networks.

The number is 0808 800 6000 (Text relay prefix 18001).


Currently our opening hours are Monday to Friday 10am to 3pm, and we are closed on Saturdays.

Out of hours you can leave a message and we will call you back when we next open.


Best wishes




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Caronavirus and Radiotherapy

In light of what we know about caronavirus affecting the lungs are those of us who have had radiotherapy in the past deemed to be 'vulnerable' and more at risk of being affected more by it?


I remember when I had radiotherapy they mentioned one of the side effects being it can affect lung function.