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Coronavirus: Updates, useful resources and advice

Blanka_CBlanka_C Posts: 178 Community Admin

Hello Everyone, 

Given the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, we’ve decided to collect a couple of informative and credible resources, as well as open a discussion here on the Forum. 

Below you’ll see both general information (such as latest government updates, facts, etc.) and specific advice for cancer patients and those caring for a loved one. 

Of course the situation evolves rapidly and our aim is to keep sharing what’s new by continuously updating this thread. Please check back regularly (you will be able to see the date of update at the top of the page). 

We hope you’ll find this useful. Please do share any thoughts, experiences, concerns or questions below. 

Stay safe!❤️

Love,

Blanka & Team LBW


WATCH OUR EXPERT WEBINAR ON CANCER & THE CORONAVIRUS

On Monday, we held an expert webinar with @LizzyB73, our oncology nurse and @KarinSieger, our emotional wellbeing advisor on cancer and the coronavirus.

We answered your questions live and covered topics like self-isolation, being at risk, treatment plans and mental health. You can now watch the full video here:


If you are worried, have further questions or would like to talk to someone qualified, you can ask Liz @LizzyB73, our lovely Oncology Specialist Nurse here.

If you are worried, experience feelings of anxiety, stress or fear, you can talk to @KarinSieger, our friendly Emotional Wellbeing Advisor here.


TRACK YOUR SYMPTOMS WITH THE CAREOLOGY MOBILE APP

Careology is empowering people living with cancer to feel more in control and providing their friends and family with real-time information. When using the app, you will be able to:

  • track how you're feeling physically and emotionally 
  • receive personalised medication reminders
  • connect and share this information with their family, friends and carers
  • receive up-to-date content from the NHS with relevant Coronavirus advice


GENERAL ADVICE & INFORMATION

About the Coronavirus

Prevention

Latest updates


CANCER & CORONAVIRUS

Some people with cancer fall into the category of 'extremely vulnerable'. This includes:

  • people with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radical radiotherapy for lung cancer
  • people with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment
  • 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 or PARP inhibitors
  • people who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs.


The NHS in England is directly contacting people with these conditions to give further advice. According to the latest UK Government update, 'If you think you fall into one of the categories of extremely vulnerable people listed above and you have not received a letter by Sunday 29 March 2020 or been contacted by your GP, you should discuss your concerns with your GP or hospital clinician. You are strongly advised to stay at home at all times and avoid any face-to-face contact for a period of at least 12 weeks from the day you receive your letter.

This includes:

  1. Strictly avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus. These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough.
  2. Do not leave your house.
  3. Do not attend any gatherings. This includes gatherings of friends and families in private spaces for example family homes, weddings and religious services.
  4. Do not go out for shopping, leisure or travel and, when arranging food or medication deliveries, these should be left at the door to minimise contact.
  5. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media.


Information & Advice


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