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Cancer, coronavirus are a dangerous mix, new studies find

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By MARILYNN MARCHIONE

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Fascinating. Who would have thought an underlying health condition would be dangerous for Corona patients?

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Fascinating. Who would have thought an underlying health condition would be dangerous for Corona patients?

That is not the point of the article but how much this specific health condition affect the outcome and how it justifies delaying treatment even if that lowers the survival rates of the patients.

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And what’s the bet that all those with underlying cancer conditions who died WITH covid19 will have a death certificate that said they died OF covid19.

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And what’s the bet that all those with underlying cancer conditions who died WITH covid19 will have a death certificate that said they died OF covid19.

Your statement makes no sense. An "underlying" cancer can be in remission for years, and even if it isn't may take years to kill someone.

So for example if a cancer patient's prognosis for survival is five years, but within that period they catch the Covid-19 and it is the cause of their early death, then Covid-19 is what should be on the death certificate.

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Would love to see how having asthma impacts recovery and survival too.

Or specific allergies, say peanuts.

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I am a survivor of cancer after an op in Feb. My doctor told me then to self isolate because my immune system was still weak. I have done that mostly for three months.

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And what’s the bet that all those with underlying cancer conditions who died WITH covid19 will have a death certificate that said they died OF covid19.

You may find it's less simple than that. Death certificates vary by country. To give one example, the death certificate of Margaret Thatcher, seeing as it's publicly accessible, gives a primary cause and a secondary cause (or causes). These are listed briefly (and in their entirety) as:

Cause of death: I (a) Cardio Vascular Accident

(b) Repeated Transient L/Ischaemic Attack

II Carcinoma of the Bladder

Dementia

The death certificate, presumably typical of those issued in England, wastes no words speculating on whether it was really the cancer that killed her, or the dementia, or neither of those. And it doesn't dick about trying to draw a distinction between with and of. That's not the purpose of the certificate.

In effect, just about everyone dies of a stroke or heart attack, but it's also important to list the thing or things that contributed to or caused it. It doesn't commit beyond saying that she had bladder cancer and dementia: the words "of" and "with" are never used.

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