We understand that people with cancer are worried about coronavirus.
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Update from Macmillan's Online Community
Hi Michael (Garviv)
Thanks for getting in touch with us. It’s understandable why you’re asking about the coronavirus and if you should be taking any special precautions. It’s a worrying time for everyone just now.
We have this information about cancer and the coronavirus that can be helpful to look at.
Some people with cancer are more at risk of becoming seriously ill if they contract the COVID-19 infection (commonly known as the Coronavirus), including:
People having chemotherapy, or who have received chemotherapy in the last 3 months
People having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer
People having other targeted cancer treatments which can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors
People having intensive (radical) radiotherapy for lung cancer
People who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs
People with some types of blood cancer which damage the immune system, even if they have not needed treatment (for example, chronic leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma).
Your clinician may advise people in these groups to minimise their risk of exposure to COVID-19 infection by avoiding crowded environments, limiting social interaction and maintaining careful hand hygiene.
The most important thing is to follow the advice from the NHS and your healthcare team.
The coronavirus outbreak is a rapidly developing situation. For the most up to date information about coronavirus, including what to do if you have symptoms, and how to reduce your risk of infections please visit the NHS website.
Best wishes and take care
Ellen-Cancer Information Nurse Specialist.
Hi Garviv. Interesting stuff. It looks like this thing is now taking over from regular treatments. We are already seeing cancellations. Worrying times ahead. Best wishes.
Best wishes to All, rily. What is a Community Champion ?
Thank you for posting this. Clears up a few worries I had.
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