If I have prostate cancer, am I more likely to get or become seriously ill with coronavirus?
Certain treatments for prostate cancer can affect the immune system’s ability to fight infection. As a result, some people with prostate cancer are more likely to become seriously ill if infected with coronavirus. Those at a higher risk include people who are on or have had chemotherapy within the past three months, as well as people on immunotherapy. 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.
It is important that those at risk minimise their chance of coronavirus infection by following the advice set out by the NHS. For example, wash hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. It may also be necessary for those with a weakened immune system to avoid crowded places and reduce contact with other people.