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Support Care Cancer ; 30(9): 7783-7788, 2022 Sep.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1888883


PURPOSE: Several studies have confirmed increased mortality among patients with both COVID-19 and cancer. It remains important to continue to report observations of morbidity and mortality from COVID-19 in this vulnerable population. The purpose of this study is to describe the hospitalization characteristics and outcomes of patients with both cancer and COVID-19 admitted to our comprehensive cancer center. METHODS: This was a descriptive study of the first COVID-19-related hospitalization among adult patients with cancer admitted to our institution. Descriptive statistics were used to summarize patient demographics, clinical as well as hospitalization characteristics. Overall survival (OS) was estimated using the Kaplan-Meier method. RESULTS: A total of 212 patients were included in our cohort with a mean age of 59 years. Fifty-four percent of patients had history of solid tumor malignancy and 46% had hematologic malignancies. Eighty-five percent of our cohort had active malignancy. The mean length of stay (LOS) for hospitalization was 11.2 days (median LOS of 6 days). Twenty-five percent had severe disease and 10.8% died during their initial hospitalization. Those who had severe disease had worse survival at the end of the observation period. CONCLUSIONS: COVID-19 among cancer patients causes significant morbidity and mortality as well as repeat hospitalizations. Continued study of COVID-19 in this vulnerable population is essential in order to better inform evolving treatment algorithms, public health policies, and infection control protocols, especially for institutions caring for patients with cancer.

COVID-19 , Neoplasms , Adult , COVID-19/therapy , Hospitalization , Humans , Infection Control , Middle Aged , Neoplasms/epidemiology , Neoplasms/therapy , Retrospective Studies , SARS-CoV-2