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Comment & Response
July 2, 2020

Risk of COVID-19 in Patients With Cancer

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Oncology, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
  • 2Department of Public Health Sciences, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
JAMA Oncol. Published online July 2, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2020.2586

To the Editor We read with interest the Research Letter by Yu et al on severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) transmission in patients with cancer at a tertiary care hospital in Wuhan, China, recently published in JAMA Oncology.1 Among 1524 admitted patients with cancer, 12 (0.79%) had coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Seven of these 12 patients had lung cancer, suggesting a predilection for patients with lung cancer. Notably, only 1 of the 7 patients (14%) with lung cancer who were diagnosed with COVID-19 had a positive result on real-time reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing. In contrast, 3 of the 5 patients (60%) with a cancer other than lung cancer had a positive PCR result. This does not reach statistical significance given the small sample size (P = .09 using the χ2 test).

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