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DawnME1981
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Hi 

I’m new to this group so not sure how it works but I need some advice.

my husband is terminally ill with Angiosarcoma cancer and has 6-12 months to live. He has, recently, had 16 rounds of chemotherapy.

i work in the jobcenter and have been told I must go into work yet they don’t seem to be taking into account the risk to my husband. 
what is the advise for key workers who have someone at home who is high risk?

ive looked online and it’s very conflicting information.

my sons school have said he should not go in yet my work have told me to find alternative arrangements for him which I would normally ask grandparents but as they are all high risk can not.

desperate for some clarification on this if you can help.

many thanks 

Ellen B - Macmillan

Hi ,

Thank you for asking a question in our ‘Ask an Expert’ session, the Community team appreciates that the current uncertainty may cause many to be concerned, and we understand that many members of the Community will want to ask our health care professionals here questions about Coronavirus.

In normal circumstances, we would forward your question on to our ‘Ask a nurse’ session for one of our Cancer Information Nurses to answer. Unfortunately, due to the number of questions being asked about Coronavirus, and the increase in demand on our services, have currently closed our ‘Ask a nurse’ session here on the site.

Instead we want to signpost you to the page on Macmillan’s website dedicated to Coronavirus and cancer for some information and support. If you click here you will also find the most up to date information from the NHS advice page.

If you feel it’s important to speak to a nurse over the phone, the Macmillan Support Line is open Monday – Friday 9am-5pm. Cancer Information Nurses, as well as other support professionals, will answer your calls and listen to your concerns.

You can call the Support Line free on 0808 808 00 00.

If you are concerned about the health of yourself or a loved one, we would recommend calling your GP, the NHS on 111 or your team at the hospital.

We hope that the above is helpful, but any questions or concerns you can email the Community Team at community@macmillan.org.uk

Kindest regards, 

Macmillan Community Team