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Cancer Patients Should Beware of COVID-19 and G.I. Symptoms

Covid-19 is a respiratory illness that also causes digestive symptoms, which can complicate the health of cancer patients. A study conducted on COVID-19 patients discovered that they also experienced gastrointestinal (G.I.) symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and much more.

Before, there were concerns that cancer patients, especially those with lung cancer, were more vulnerable to infection. But based on recent studies, there are new additional concerns that cancer patients should be aware of.

Patients with gastrointestinal cancer can experience severe symptoms like diarrhea and nausea. For cancer patients with G.I. symptoms, they need to see the doctor to determine whether the symptoms are related to COVID-19 infection or cancer.

Cancer patients experience adverse side effects such as weight loss, vomiting, nausea, and digestive issues from treatments such as radiation therapy and chemotherapy. A GI doctor is always available to take care of such patients.

Now that G.I. symptoms are also common in Covid-19 patients, it’s imperative that patients receive care immediately, including adequate isolation to prevent transmission. Cancer patients should seek medical attention immediately if they develop GI-related or respiratory symptoms.

G.I. cancer patients infected with COVID-19 are likely to experience loss of appetite, severe nausea, and diarrhea. They require early hospitalization to prevent kidney damage and dehydration.

Doctors recommend that cancer patients and their family members should take extra precautions if they think they’re exposed or suspect they have the virus. They should isolate themselves and observe hygienic measures set for Coronavirus such as washing hands, wearing masks, keeping social distance, and more. The relevant bodies such as The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention has outlined guidelines on how to protect yourself and your loved ones during COVID-19.

As a cancer patient undergoing treatment or a survivor concerned about Covid-19 and its impact on your care, you should consult with your cancer care team for more advice.

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