What about prostate cancer patients?
Because the COVID-19 outbreak is new, there is not much information available on how this virus affects prostate cancer patients. However, in general, patients with cancer are considered among the groups at high risk of developing a more serious illness as their immune system is weakened by the cancer itself and the therapies used to treat it.
The risk of contracting COVID-19 is higher for those undergoing active treatments such as bone marrow transplants, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. Even those who are not receiving active therapy still need to be cautious because the effects of prior therapy can last for a long time. Boosting the immune system by keeping stress levels low, getting adequate sleep, moderate physical exercise, and good nutrition can be helpful.
While prostate cancer patients should follow the general guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it is important that they consult their doctor on information specific to their condition.
In addition to the general preventive measures listed above, patients should:
- Stock up on necessary medications and supplies that can last for a few weeks.
- Avoid crowds and non-essential travel.
- Stay at home as much as possible.
Advice for family members and caregivers
Family members and caregivers of people with prostate cancer should take appropriate precautions and take extra care to avoid bringing COVID-19 home. They should constantly monitor patients and stock medicines and other necessary supplies. Storing extra non-perishable food can help minimize trips to the grocery store.
People who show symptoms of COVID-19 should avoid visiting their family members until the self-isolation period is complete.
What should sick individuals do?
If symptoms are present and a COVID-19 diagnosis is confirmed, patients should follow these steps to prevent the spread of the infection:
- Stay at home, preferably in a separate room not shared with others, and isolate themselves, with the exception of getting medical care.
- Avoid public areas and public transport.
- Limit contact with pets and animals.
- Avoid sharing personal items.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues and dispose of them properly.
- Sanitize hands regularly.
- Disinfect surfaces such as phones, keyboards, toilets, and tables.
People should call ahead before visiting the hospital for an appointment. This way, the hospital can take necessary steps to prevent the spread of the infection.
What tests are available?
Many tests for the detection of COVID-19 have been made available under the FDA’s emergency use authorization, including rapid tests that are being developed to detect the presence of the virus within minutes.
Is there a treatment?
There are currently no vaccines available for human coronaviruses including COVID-19. This makes the prevention and containment of the virus very important.
Are there new treatments in the pipeline?
Several clinical trials have been launched or are being planned to test a variety of potential treatments and vaccines for COVID-19. A complete list of all ongoing clinical trials pertaining to the virus is available here.
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