Advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19) for Cancer Patients Currently on Treatment

Advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19) for Cancer Patients Currently on Treatment

If you are a cancer patient on treatment, whether chemotherapy or radiotherapy, you should continue to attend for your treatment unless you have been contacted to reschedule.

If you have been advised by a public health doctor that you are a ‘close contact’ of someone with coronavirus (COVID-19), call the unit first for advice before attending.

If you are concerned about symptoms of coronavirus (cough, shortness of breath, breathing difficulties or high temperature), contact your oncology unit before attending.

Phone your doctor if you have any symptoms of coronavirus and are concerned.


Reduce your risk

Some cancer treatments can cause a weak immune system. This is why you should take extra care to prevent infection if you have a weak immune system.

If you are on cancer treatment, take extra care to protect yourself from coronavirus:

  • Wash your hands properly and often with soap and water or alcohol hand rub
  • Cover your cough, dispose of the tissue, wash your hands
  • Avoid touching your face with unclean hands
  • Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surface
  • Avoid close contact with people
  • Avoid crowded spaces, especially indoors
  • Avoid contact with anyone who is ill with a cough or difficulty breathing
  • Avoid unessential travel
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • Do not share objects that touch your mouth – for example, bottles, cups
  • Do not shake hands

Everyone has been asked to avoid unessential travel and to distance themselves from one another to slow the spread of the virus. This is called social distancing.

It means keeping a space of 2 metres (6.5 feet) between you and other people. Do not shake hands or make close contact if possible.

This applies to you and your family also. But there are extra steps you should take to protect yourself. (source

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