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Title: Prostate Cancer treatment and the Corona Virus
Post by: johnnymac737 on March 14, 2020, 08:07:11 pm
Hello,
I'm being treated with Lupron injections and Calodex tablets.  Immunosuppressants, I believe.  Does this compromise my immune system and make me more suseptible to the corona virus.
Thanks for any help and support.
Title: Re: Prostate Cancer treatment and the Corona Virus
Post by: Cancer Health Editors on March 15, 2020, 05:51:46 pm
In our recently updated piece "What People With Cancer Need to Know About the New Coronavirus" (https://www.cancerhealth.com/article/people-with-cancer-coronavirus) we added the following editor's note:

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Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article stated that people with compromised immunity are at greater risk of contracting the coronavirus, in addition to developing more serious disease. While this is the case for many infections, there currently are not enough data to say whether immunocompromised people, including those living with cancer, are at greater risk of catching the new virus.

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Title: Re: Prostate Cancer treatment and the Corona Virus
Post by: Cancer Health Editors on March 15, 2020, 06:47:52 pm
Lupron and Calodex are hormone therapies that do not typically suppress immune function. More generally, some cancer chemotherapy medications can suppress immunity. We don't know yet whether people with suppressed immunity are more likely to catch the coronavirus, but if they do, they can experience more severe illness. This is especially true for older people and those with other health conditions. Best bet is to follow health officials' advice about "social distancing," such as staying home, avoiding crowds, and if you do have to go out, trying to stay three to six feet apart from other people.