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2008/09 chemotherapy Corona virus

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Hi Ellen, feel a bit silly asking this question as I know there are people with much more going on with their health than me but as the Covid-19 virus takes hold I'm now starting to wonder whether or not I should be concerned so looking for some advise due to breast cancer in 2008/9, I had a mastectomy (R) chemo, radiotherapy followed my 8 years of medication Tamoxifen followed by (not sure how you spell)Letrozole which I might add all finished now, I also have asthma.

My question(after all that) does this put me in the high risk group? 

Kind regards Denise. 

Elise - Macmillan
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Hello Denise,

Thanks for getting in touch. This is a worrying and confusing time for everyone, so we understand that many people have questions related to COVID-19.

Based on the information currently available you should not consider yourself in the “at risk “group in relation to COVID 19 due to your cancer diagnosis and treatment.

For the vast majority of people who have undergone chemotherapy the immune system returns to normal within a few weeks.

Hormone therapy like tamoxifen and letrozole don’t affect the immune system.

However, the current guidelines as of yesterday ( 17.3.20) state that people with chronic respiratory diseases like asthma should consider themselves at an increased risk of severe illness should they contract COVID 19 and should be particularly stringent with social distancing measures.

These guidelines may change so please do check the GOV.UK and NHS websites daily .

Best wishes and take care,


Cancer Information Nurse Specialist