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taralou
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Hi

i have been told from my work not to go in due to the corona virus. 
i finished chemo and radiotherapy in August 2018, I am still having 6 monthly zoledronic acid infusions and am taking Letrozole for 10 years. I am 66 years old and had breast cancer, diagnosed in 2017.

can you please advise.

thanks, Edwina

Love Edwina xx

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7 rounds of chemo, finished 30th May 2018. 15 zaps of radiotherapy, finished 26th July 2018.

I Survived .......

 

 

Steph - Macmillan
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Hello @taralou

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Elise - Macmillan
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Hello taralou,

Thanks for getting in touch.

We understand this is a worrying time for everyone in relation to coronavirus.

For most people, the immune system will return to normal within a few weeks of completing chemotherapy. Radiotherapy has a mild and temporary effect on the immune system

Taking hormone treatment such as letrozole does not increase your risk of contracting coronavirus and  Zoledronic acid is not known to affect the immune system. Your doctors will be checking your bloods so will be able to confirm your red blood cell and white cell counts with you.

Unless you have been told specifically that you have problems with your immune system then it’s reasonable to suggest that your immune system is working well and based on the current guidance, you are not in the “increased risk “group.

I do hope this information provides some reassurance but of course your doctors or breast care nurse will happy to discuss this with you too.

Best wishes and take care,
Elise

Cancer Information Nurse Specialist