Systematic Review: Safety of Intravesical Therapy for Bladder Cancer in the Era of COVID-19

SN Compr Clin Med. 2020 Aug 18;1-5. doi: 10.1007/s42399-020-00461-3. Online ahead of print.

Abstract

A novel coronavirus has emerged in late 2019 capable of causing a severe respiratory disease known as COVID-19. Its pathogenesis appears to be the initiation of an immune response and resulting cytokine storm that damages the healthy lung tissue of the host. Some epidemiological studies found bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine can help to decrease morbidity and mortality of the viral infection. We aim to review and summarize what is known about COVID-19 and the current implications of intravesical BCG with regard to the disease.

Keywords: BCG; Bladder cancer; COVID-19; Coronavirus.

Publication types

  • Review