The COVID-19 crisis means that your clinical team may make changes to your care and treatment to reduce risks to your immediate health and to keep you as well as possible for as long as possible. This may mean balancing the risks of infection against the effects of delaying or changing your cancer treatment. All treatment decisions are made on an individual basis and your team will always discuss any changes with you. 

There are likely to be changes in services as they adapt to meet the ongoing demands of COVID-19. You may notice your healthcare workers are wearing more protective equipment than usual, such as aprons, gloves and masks. It may be that your appointments are changed from face-to-face to telephone appointments. It is important to still attend your hospital appointments if your team advise you to, unless you have symptoms of COVID-19. If you are worried you may have COVID-19, contact your clinical team.

The pandemic has put additional pressures on the NHS but it is important to remember your clinical team are still there to support and advise you. If your condition changes or you experience side effects from your treatment, contact them straightaway. Don't wait for your next routine appointment and don't worry that you are bothering them. They are still there for you..

Further information and useful links .

Our friends at Ovarian Cancer Action have a Covid-19 Information Hub which explains the most recent guidance.

For further information about coronavirus and cancer, visit the Macmillan and Cancer Research UK websites.

The British Gynaecological Cancer Society (BGCS) have information on COVID-19 on their website here.

For advice on how to protect both yourself and your loved ones, visit the NHS website.

Page reviewed on 4 May 2022