The COVID-19 outbreak is still new, so doctors do not have a lot of specific information on this coronavirus for cancer patients. But they do have a lot of information regarding the risk of infections in general for cancer patients.
- Doctors and health officials agree the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus, which is especially important for cancer patients because they are at higher risk for serious illness, if they get infected, particularly patients who are in active chemotherapy and bone marrow transplant patients.
- That’s because their immune systems are suppressed or eliminated by the treatment.
Call your doctor if you have symptoms of COVID-19, which include:
- Shortness of breath
We need to keep in mind for some it may be as straightforward as a delay in having elective surgery. For others it may be delaying preventive care or adjuvant chemotherapy that’s meant to keep cancer from returning.
You may need to reschedule appointments, including screenings and your doctor will discuss this with you. It will require patience, calmness on everyone’s part and stay in touch with your doctor to determine the best course of action for you.