Dutch Oncology COVID-19 consortium: Outcome of COVID-19 in patients with cancer in a nationwide cohort study

Karlijn de Joode, Daphne W. Dumoulin, Jolien Tol, Hans M. Westgeest, Laurens V. Beerepoot, Franchette W. P. J. van den Berkmortel, Pim G. N. J. Mutsaers, Nico G. J. van Diemen, Otto J. Visser, Esther Oomen-de Hoop, Haiko J. Bloemendal, Hanneke W. M. van Laarhoven, Lizza E. L. Hendriks, John B. A. G. Haanen, Elisabeth G. E. de Vries, Anne-Marie C. Dingemans, Astrid A. M. van der Veldt, DOCC Investigators

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Aim of the study: Patients with cancer might have an increased risk for severe outcome of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). To identify risk factors associated with a worse outcome of COVID-19, a nationwide registry was developed for patients with cancer and COVID-19. Methods: This observational cohort study has been designed as a quality of care registry and is executed by the Dutch Oncology COVID-19 Consortium (DOCC), a nationwide collaboration of oncology physicians in the Netherlands. A questionnaire has been developed to collect pseudonymised patient data on patients' characteristics, cancer diagnosis and treatment. All patients with COVID-19 and a cancer diagnosis or treatment in the past 5 years are eligible. Results: Between March 27th and May 4th, 442 patients were registered. For this first analysis, 351 patients were included of whom 114 patients died. In multivariable analyses, age ≥65 years (p < 0.001), male gender (p = 0.035), prior or other malignancy (p = 0.045) and active diagnosis of haematological malignancy (p = 0.046) or lung cancer (p = 0.003) were independent risk factors for a fatal outcome of COVID-19. In a subgroup analysis of patients with active malignancy, the risk for a fatal outcome was mainly determined by tumour type (haematological malignancy or lung cancer) and age (≥65 years). Conclusion: The findings in this registry indicate that patients with a haematological malignancy or lung cancer have an increased risk of a worse outcome of COVID-19. During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, these vulnerable patients should avoid exposure to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, whereas treatment adjustments and prioritising vaccination, when available, should also be considered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-184
Number of pages14
JournalEuropean Journal of Cancer
Early online date7 Oct 2020
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020


  • Cancer
  • Cancer treatment
  • Coronavirus
  • COVID-19
  • Pandemic

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