By Mary Kekatos Senior Health Reporter For Dailymail.com
Published: 21:17 GMT, 5 November 2020 | Updated: 21:24 GMT, 5 November 2020
Nearly one-third of cancer patients undergoing treatment contracted COVID-19, a new small study suggests.
Researchers found that 29.4 percent of people receiving chemotherapy, radiation, immunotherapy or other drugs tested positive for the coronavirus.
What's more, the majority of them - more than three-quarters - were asymptomatic when they were diagnosed.
The team, from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), says symptom-based screening may not be enough to identify and treat cancer patients, who are at a higher risk for complications, and says they should be routinely tested for the virus.
A study of 109 cancer patients at Al Zahra Hospital in the United Arab Emiraets found that nearly one-third tested positive for COVID-19 and almost 80% were asymptomatic at the time of their diagnosis (file image)
Cancer patients are at a greater risk of contracting COVID-19 than the general population because cancer and its treatments can weaken the immune system.
Survivors also have an increased risk because, although the