We understand that people with cancer are worried about coronavirus. Here is the latest guidance. We will update it regularly.

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Covid19

sallyxx1969
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Should I be self isolating I’m so confused I finished my radiotherapy 18 months and surgery 20 months  ago but have many related issues.. I want stay Working but they won’t let me for now due to my previous.. Thsnkyou x

Kate C - Macmillan
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Hi

Thanks for your query. It is very confusing for everyone at the moment, and things are changing on a daily basis which can be quite scary for people. 

Your radiotherapy and surgery was some time ago so you won't be in the high risk group for cancers, but if you have other health conditions that put you in the high risk group (check on the NHS website here) then please do follow the advice. There is a slight risk that the treatment that you have had may make you more immunosuppressed than someone who hasn't had treatment, so it is best to follow the governments guidance on social distancing and avoidance of risk. I understand that you want to keep on working to keep up with some normality, but if your work are happy to let you stay at home, this may be the best place for you at this current time, especially after Boris Johnson's announcement last night. 

Best wishes and stay well, 

Kate 

Remember you can also speak with the Macmillan Support Line team of experts. Phone free on 0808 808 0000 (7 days a week, 8am-8pm) or by email.  

John Boy2
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I have Stage 4 Metastasis Pulmonary Adenocarcinoma, with a 3.9cm tumour in my right lung. I am currently being treated through company health insurance with a TKI (Tagrisso/Osimertinib). I addition, on my last visit a ECG was taken and I am back in AF (originally "fixed" some 7 years ago). Will I be in a high risk as I have heard other "at risk" personnel have already had a text sent to them? I am concerned that, as I am being treated privately, I may slip through the net, so to speak

John

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John Boy2
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The reason for my question is that, if notified by the NHS that I should be "shielded" I receive CSP. If self "shielding" I get SSP. Given that I may need to make a decision on self funding continued treatment of current medication (at a cost in excess of £100,000 a year) this makes a significant difference.

John

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Kate C - Macmillan
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Hello

Thanks for your query. Having TKI treatment doesn't always affect your immune system but the fact that you are undergoing treatment and that you have a lung cancer does put you in a more vulnerable patient bracket. However, the atrial fibrillation that you mention DOES put you in the high risk category.  I would expect you to get notification at some point this week, but if you don't hear anything,  contact your clinical nurse specialist or oncologist who will be able to clarify this for you. In the meantime, please ensure you adhere to the distancing measures recommended. 

Best wishes, and stay well. 

Kate 

Remember you can also speak with the Macmillan Support Line team of experts. Phone free on 0808 808 0000 (7 days a week, 8am-8pm) or by email.