Cancer and coronavirus (COVID-19)

GatewayC has gathered the latest information on coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it may impact patients with cancer. 

** Please note: content on this page is being updated regularly **

Cancer Keys: Differentiation of the Cs in Lung Cancer: Cancer vs COVID-19

Last updated: Tuesday 2nd July 2020

Overlapping lung cancer and COVID-19 symptoms means that the message to patients about early diagnosis is negated by the messages necessary to control the COVID pandemic.

Cancer Keys: Persistent Cough – Think COVID-19, Think Cancer

Last updated: Friday 1st May 2020

There has been a significant reduction in suspected cancer referrals during the COVID-19 crisis. Yet, lung cancer is a major cause of premature death in the UK. Our latest cancer key focuses on persistent cough: think COVID-19, think cancer.  

Resource: Updated advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) for people with cancer

Last updated: Thursday 16th April 2020

If you are a clinician working in primary care, a person living with cancer or have a family member or friend who is living with cancer; you may wish to read this updated information about coronavirus (COVID-19).


Resource: Unpicking the COVID-19 extremely vulnerable category for people affected by cancer

Last updated: Wednesday 15th April 2020

People with certain cancers and those who have received or are receiving certain treatments are at risk of severe illness if they catch coronavirus (COVID-19). One Cancer Voice charities (in partnership with NHS England) have confirmed the extremely vulnerable people category.

Cancer Keys: COVID-19 and Neutropenic Sepsis

Neutropenic sepsis is a potentially fatal complication of anticancer treatment (particularly chemotherapy). NICE have produced a COVID-19 rapid guideline on the delivery of systemic anticancer treatments.


Resource: Updated guidance on shielding certain people affected by cancer from COVID-19

Last updated: Friday 27th March 2020

Cancer charities and the Government have released updated guidance for people, including children, who are at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) because of an underlying health condition, and for their family, friends and carers.


See below for other coronavirus (COVID-19) resources 

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 Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic.

The programme includes key materials to help the health and care workforce respond to coronavirus.

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Royal College of General Practitioners COVID-19 Resource Hub

Created to support GPs in understanding and managing this pandemic, with topics ranging from diagnosis to keeping your practice safe.