COVID-19 does NOT cause cancer
To the best of our knowledge, coronavirus COVID-19 does not cause cancer. That said, the coronavirus, and any of the other influenza strains of viruses, do pose a special risk to the millions of people, worldwide, who are struggling with cancer. So far as we have seen, mortality from the virus is concentrated in a group of people who are also prone to cancer: elderly people with serious underlying health conditions..
The elderly are most vulnerable
Slightly more than half of all cancers occur in adults aged equal to or greater than 65 years and 70% of cancer-related deaths occur in patients aged 65 years and over. So cancer patients are in the crosshairs of the coronavirus, COVID-19.
Patients need to be vigilant against infections
Obviously, people who have to go to hospitals and clinics to receive treatment for their cancer need to be particularly vigilant against infections, as there is a concentration of potentially infectious microbes in those areas. Wear gloves, wear a mask, avoid touching walls, surfaces, magazines, and your own skin, especially nose mouth and eyes and ears.
Practice social distancing and wash your hands
According to the National Institute of Health :
“Hands are the most common vehicle for transmission of organisms and “hand hygiene” is the single most effective means of preventing the horizontal transmission of infections among hospital patients.”
Cancer treatments tax the immune system
Many cancer patients undergo treatments that tax the immune system. Radiation, chemotherapy, surgical procedures, and the use of antibiotics, all play a part in this weakening of the body’s own defense mechanisms.
According to the National Cancer Institute website, having a compromised immune system means having a reduced ability to fight infections and other diseases. This can be caused by cancer. But, as the NCI website, also states, a weak immune system:
“…may also be caused by certain medicines or treatments, such as anticancer drugs, radiation therapy, and stem cell or organ transplant.”
So, the last thing you want is to contract an infectious illness, such as COVID-19, for which there is presently no vaccine or effective treatment.
BOOST your Immune System to help prevent coronavirus
It is particularly important to have a robust number of T lymphocytes, a kind of white blood cells involved in fighting both cancer and infections. On your regular blood test this information listed as the absolute lymphocyte number.
According to research at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, the best responses to immunotherapy are found in patients who have an absolute lymphocyte number of 1,800, or 1.8K, per microliter of blood.
See IMMUNE CHECKPOINT INHIBITORS: WILL THEY WORK FOR YOU? for more information on this topic.
Probably the most powerful food supplements for boosting immunity in general is the medicinal mushroom. There are numerous types and products: shiitake, maitake and oyster mushroom, chaga, turkey tail (trametes versicolor), etc. And there are many good products on the market, available at health food stores, coops, and online.
Some of our consultation clients have reported good effects using the Ten Mushroom Formula from ecoNugenics. Others use ImmPower from American Biosciences. Consumerlab.com gives a “top pick” designation to Swanson Reishi Mushroom, which is also among the most economical in that category. I also find Life Extension products to be generally of excellent quality.
Nothing more important
Without downgrading sensible and necessary public health measures, individuals also bear some responsibility for maintaining their own health. And I can think of nothing more important than bolstering one’s own immune system in the face of both cancer and novel threats, such as the COVID-19 coronavirus.
–-Ralph W. Moss, PhD