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Radiotherapy and coronavirus

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I've had breast cancer and had a lumpectomy and node removed in Jan. I am due to start radiotherapy in 3 ish weeks. My work are asking me if i am currently in a risk group for coronavirus. If not now will i be when i start radiotherapy.

Kind regards

r mondo
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Good Q. As i start tomorrow so will keep a eye on this.

Deborah - Macmillan

Hi Jognuss,

Thanks for getting in touch. I understand that you’re due to start radiotherapy within the next three weeks and your employers are asking whether you are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus.

Based on the current UK Government guidelines, you would not be considered to be in the “at increased risk” group at the moment. However, once you start radiotherapy, you may be regarded as being at high risk. This does not mean that you are at higher risk of contracting coronavirus. What is does mean is that you may be at risk of severe illness if you do get it.

The current UK Government advice is for EVERYONE to practice social distancing to reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

There is more information on GOV.UK and nhs.uk . This information is updated daily.

I hope this has been helpful. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like any further information or support.

Best wishes

Deborah, Macmillan

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great question and answer but how long after radiotherapy would you be classed as active, I just finished on Friday 3 weeks of radiotherapy and work full time with the vulnerable groups of over 70s.

regards tina