Patients with cancer should be vaccinated against coronavirus only after prior consultation with a doctor, said Moscow Deputy Mayor for Social Development Anastasia Rakova. "After a detailed consultation with the attending physician, patients with oncological diseases should be vaccinated against coronavirus - a wide network of vaccination centers based on polyclinics and mobile teams in the city has been created for this," Interfax quotes Rakova. The deputy mayor clarified that the serious diseases associated with the coronavirus have a great impact on its course. The same applies to oncological diseases, in which the level of the body's immune defense decreases. In this regard, cancer patients are at increased risk. Rakova noted that these risks impose additional responsibility on physicians when monitoring such patients. “In the context of a raging pandemic, especially in the spring months, many people were afraid to leave their homes even for diagnostics. Because of this, the indicators of diagnosed oncological diseases turned out to be slightly lower than the previous year. Therefore, this year we define active detection and mass screening as the main task ", - said Rakova. She stressed that the treatment of cancer patients in Moscow did not stop for a day, despite the difficulties associated with the coronavirus pandemic. "Moreover, not a single oncological hospital has been closed or redesigned for coronavirus," the deputy mayor said, adding that in 2020 over 280 thousand hospitalizations were made to the capital's oncological clinics, which is a third more than in 2019. Also, according to Rakova, the number of courses of radiation therapy during the entire time of the pandemic increased to 9 thousand (by 12%), and chemotherapy courses - to 248 thousand (1.5 times). "We provided both in the spring and in the autumn and winter patients with unhindered opportunities for chemotherapy and hemodialysis. And secondly, we made every effort to implement the new standard," concluded Rakova. Earlier, Rakova said that artificial intelligence services are actively developing in the capital, which help doctors process six new studies. According to her, they will cover such areas as oncology, cardiology, pulmonology, neurology, as well as diagnostics of chronic diseases and conditions requiring urgent care. Currently, AI services process about 20 thousand radiological studies per day, and since the launch, the algorithms have helped doctors process about 1.5 million images.