Scientists from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the International Society of Paediatric Oncology report results from the Global Registry of COVID-19 and Childhood Cancer.
Research from a large international effort shows that 20% of children with cancer who are infected with SARS-CoV-2 develop severe infections. In studies of children overall, only 1-6% have reported severe infections. The results come from the Global Registry of COVID-19 in Childhood Cancer, which was launched by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP). The registry gathers data on the pandemic’s effect on this unique patient population. The findings were published today in The Lancet Oncology.