Man is cured of lymphoma after contracting Covid-19

Redaction 26 January 2021

A 61-year-old man diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, a type of cancer that originates in the lymphatic system, would have been cured after being infected with Covid-19.

The strange case was reported in the British Journal of Hematology. According to the report, a biopsy detected the lymphoma and, shortly after the diagnosis, he was admitted with shortness of breath. After a test, it was found that the patient had the new coronavirus.


For 11 days, the man received supportive treatment based on the infirmary and was released to recover at home. Four months later, an examination revealed a generalized decrease in lymphoma.

The doctors' hypothesis is that Covid-19 infection triggered an anti-tumor immune response. The effect, incidentally, has already been described in other infections in the context of high-grade non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.