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Should all cancer patients be screened for COVID-19? Nearly one-third of patients undergoing chemo or radiation in UAE study tested positive for coroanvirus despite most having NO symptoms Researchers tested 109 cancer patients undergoing treatment, such as radiation and chemotherapy, for coronavirus Nearly one-third were diagnosed with COVID-19 and almost 80% were asymptomatic at the time of their diagnosis Most eventually developed symptoms and around 85% had a mild illness Cancer patients with coronavirus were nearly three times more likely to be hospitalized and nearly twice as likely to die compared to uninfected patients

By Mary Kekatos Senior Health Reporter For Dailymail.com

Published: 21:17 GMT, 5 November 2020 | Updated: 21:24 GMT, 5 November 2020

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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)

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

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