If I have prostate cancer, am I more likely to get or become seriously ill with COVID-19?
There are two levels of higher risk: moderate-risk (vulnerable) and high-risk (extremely vulnerable). It’s important to know that certain prostate cancer treatments can affect the immune system’s ability to fight infection. To view the full list of currently known risk factors, please visit the NHS website.
People classed as moderate-risk include those who:
- Are 70 or older
- Have serious medical conditions including cancer
People classed as high-risk include those who:
- Are on or have had chemotherapy within the past three months
- Are on or have had immunotherapy within the past three months
- Have advanced prostate cancer, which has spread to the lungs
- Are taking medicines that affect the immune system
If you are unsure whether your treatment affects your immunity, it is important to check with your care provider or call the NHS on 111.
For those who have undergone treatment in the past, most people’s immune system will make a full recovery but this can vary depending on the type of cancer and the treatment received. Again, it is important to check with your doctor or call 111 if you are unsure.
If you are in the high risk group you should have received a letter from the NHS. If you believe you are in this group, but have not received a letter, please contact your GP or health care team.