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Hi, my dad has just been diagnosed with cancer and he starts Chemo early next week. I am after tips and advice for trying to manage the risks of Covid 19 as he is so vulnerable. I am petrified he is going to leave the house. I understand it can stay on clothes etc he also cant stop itching due to pain medication and it will be difficult for him to not touch his face. Many thanks.
At the moment I’m travelling Barts Hospital in central London every weekday for radiotherapy and have no option but to use public transport to do so. I try to follow these rules
The main thing is not to be shy. This is a time when you need help and when others know that they are usually only too pleased to give it.
I'm sure others have some great tips and hints they can add. Wish your Dad the best of luck from me.
Thank you Michael for sharing all of this detail and taking the time to do so. It's helped me think some things through to prepare my dad.
Good luck with your treatment. My thoughts are with you.
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.
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