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If you suspect you or anyone in your household has symptoms of coronavirus, please follow Public Health England guidance on staying at home here.
Please find updated information on shielding and those who are clinically vulnerable.
In the first instance, please refer to wider Government guidance on:
- Staying alert and safe
- Staying alert: what you can and cannot do
- Staying safe outside your home
- How to protect clinically extremely vulnerable people (shielding)
- NHS Volunteer Responders can help with shopping and medicines delivery, as well as a regular, friendly phone call and transport to and from medical appointments. Call 0808 196 3646 between 8am and 8pm to arrange support or visit their website linked above.
How will the COVID-19 pandemic affect cancer treatment?
COVID-19 is a viral infection that can affect your lungs. Some of the symptoms include cough, shortness of breath and fever. A weakened immune system from underlying disease and chemotherapy can make someone with cancer more susceptible to catching the virus and fighting it off.
There have been changes during the various phases of the pandemic that have affected people with bone sarcoma and their care. This is a dynamic process changing to meet COVID-19 outbreaks and the changing needs of patients. It is important to remember that everyone's situation will be looked at individually and every effort made to continue the recommended treatment.
Changes have come into effect to improve safety for the individual and other patients around them. Your nurse or doctor will guide you through these and provide you with updates. You may be required to:
- Wear personal protective equipment (at the very least a mask).
- Attend your hospital appointments and treatment sessions without family or friends.
- Undergo extra coronavirus testing such as a COVID swab before treatments or hospital visits.
- Attend a different hospital or you may be designated to a certain area within the hospital and isolated from others.
- Have a telephone or video call instead of meeting your medical team in person.
All decisions around possible risks COVID-19 may pose to your treatment or health, any treatment administration changes such as oral chemotherapy instead of intravenous and timing of treatments in the current situation, will be discussed with you. The COVID-19 pandemic has meant people can sometimes feel lonely during treatment in hospital and at home if isolating during high risk periods. Please reach out to your nursing and medical team if you have any concerns.