Severity of Coronavirus Disease 2019 in Patients with Cancer

  • Zahraa Qusairy Department of Pharmacy, Sulaimani Technical Institute, Al Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan Region, F. R. Iraq
  • Miran Rada Department of Surgery, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Keywords: Coronavirus, COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, Cancer, Dexamethasone, Tocilizumab, Remdesivir, Convalescent plasma therapy


The outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has appeared to be one of the biggest global health threats worldwide with no specific therapeutic agents. As of August 2020, over 22.4 million confirmed cases and more than 788,000 deaths have been reported globally, and the toll is expected to increase before the pandemic is over. Given the aggressive nature of their underlying disease, cancer patients seem to be more vulnerable to COVID-19 and various studies have confirmed this hypothesis. Herein, we review the current information regarding the role of cancer in SARS-CoV-2 infections. Moreover, we discuss the effective supportive treatment options for COVID-19 including Dexamethasone, Tocilizumab and Remdesivir and convalescent plasma therapy (CPT), as well as discuss their efficacy in COVID-19 patients with cancer.

Author Biographies

Zahraa Qusairy, Department of Pharmacy, Sulaimani Technical Institute, Al Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan Region, F. R. Iraq

Zahraa Qusairy is a Master holder in Pharmacy. She works the Department of Pharmacy, Sulaimani Technical Institute, Al Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan Region, F. R. Iraq.

Miran Rada, Department of Surgery, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Miran Rada: is a PhD holder. Currently works at the Department of Surgery, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.


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Qusairy, Z., & Rada, M. (2020, December 31). Severity of Coronavirus Disease 2019 in Patients with Cancer. UKH Journal of Science and Engineering, 4(2), 119-126.
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