Considerations in treating patients with advance lung cancer during the epidemic outbreak of novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)

Lung Cancer

Med Oncol. 2020 Aug 3;37(9):78. doi: 10.1007/s12032-020-01401-w.


The outbreak of pneumonia caused by novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) in Wuhan, China, at the end of 2019 quickly escalated into a global health emergency. Since its outbreak until the 29th of April 2020, the pandemic has affected more than 3 million of people and caused 207,973 deaths globally. SARS-CoV-2 belongs to the β-coronavirus genus of the Coronavirus family, and it shares the same subfamily with severe acute respiratory syndrome-associated coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and Middle East respiratory

syndrome-associated coronavirus (MERS-CoV), all of which lead to severe pneumonia. For cancer patients, especially those with lung cancers, their immune systems are compromised due to the disease itself as well as the treatment for cancer. The weakened immunity of these patients puts them at a higher risk of not only developing diseases but severe diseases. In this study, through a literature review and data collection, we focus on the selection and consideration of antitumor treatment strategies for advanced lung cancer during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) epidemic.