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 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 coronavirus. If you are worried you may have coronavirus, contact your clinical team.

The crisis 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.

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Further information and useful links .

For information on coronavirus for people with cancer, you can read and download the advice written by the One Cancer Voice group.

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Read advice on coronavirus for people with cancer

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

You can read our summary of the BGCS guidance on caring for ovarian cancer patients during the COVID-19 pandemic here.

NHS England have written to people who are extremely vulnerable to severe illness from COVID-19, asking them to self-isolate until the end of June 2020. If you think you are in this group of people and have not received a letter or been contacted by your GP by 30 March, you should contact your GP for advice, or contact your medical team if you are currently having cancer treatment.

You can read the guidance on the government website here.

You can register yourself as an extremely vulnerable person here.

NHS Scotland's advice is available here.

If you think you are highly vulnerable and have not received a letter from NHS Scotland regarding this, you can contact your local authority shielding support line, details here.

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

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

Page updated on 21 May 2020 at 17:09

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