2021 update of the AGIHO guideline on evidence-based management of COVID-19 in patients with cancer regarding diagnostics, viral shedding, vaccination and therapy

Nicola Giesen, Rosanne Sprute, Maria Rüthrich, Yascha Khodamoradi, Sibylle C. Mellinghoff, Gernot Beutel, Catherina Lueck, Michael Koldehoff, Marcus Hentrich, Michael Sandherr, Michael von Bergwelt-Baildon, Hans Heinrich Wolf, Hans H. Hirsch, Bernhard Wörmann, Oliver A. Cornely, Philipp Köhler, Enrico Schalk, Marie von Lilienfeld-Toal

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Abstract

The worldwide spread of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and the associated infectious coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has posed a unique challenge to medical staff, patients and their families. Patients with cancer, particularly those with haematologic malignancies, have been identified to be at high risk to develop severe COVID-19. Since publication of our previous guideline on evidence-based management of COVID-19 in patients with cancer, research efforts have continued and new relevant data has come to light, maybe most importantly in the field of vaccination studies. Therefore, an update of our guideline on several clinically important topics is warranted. Here, we provide a concise update of evidence-based recommendations for rapid diagnostics, viral shedding, vaccination and therapy of COVID-19 in patients with cancer. This guideline update was prepared by the Infectious Diseases Working Party (AGIHO) of the German Society for Haematology and Medical Oncology by critically reviewing the currently available data on these topics applying evidence-based medicine criteria.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Cancer
Volume147
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2021

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