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Relaxation/Suspension of Shielding in England

I have ovarian cancer and am nearing the end of my chemo treatments (5th today of 6) but may then be having surgery.

I asked my oncologist yesterday what I should do about shielding and she said I should continue to do so. My oncology nurse said the same today.

Just thought I would share this and suggest that others - wherever you are on your cancer journey - should contact their clinician/GP for specific advice.


  • LouiseJLouiseJ Posts: 678 mod

    @MrsT , @Blanka_C ,

    Good morning everyone,

    Thank you so much for flagging this up Mrs T 😊

    There has been a lot of press the last two days regarding the latest measures to ease lockdown further, there are a lot of do's and don'ts still.

    It is important to continue to be guided by your medical practitioners regarding shielding relating to your personal circumstances. I know many of you are still concerned about re-entering life while going through cancer treatment and while there is still a risk of Covid19 being transmitted. We all need to continue to be mindful of taking care, I think cancer patients know that a lot more than others, given our immunity is often compromised during treatment.

    I hope you have a good day,

    Lou x

  • Blanka_CBlanka_C Posts: 346 Community Admin

    Hi @MrsT,

    Indeed, thank you for bringing this up.

    It's great to hear you're following the advice given by your medical team.

    We've recently written a blog post that summarises the UK government's latest guidance on easing lockdown and shielding, as well as what that means if you are living with cancer.

    LBW friends - please do flag if you have questions or concerns, we'll do our best to assist you further.

    Please remember you can always contact our oncology nurse @LizzyB73 @Lizzy if you'd like to talk to a health professional.

    Keep safe,

    Blanka x

    Community Admin

  • MrsTMrsT Posts: 11

    Hi @Blanka_C , yes I’ve read it thanks, that’s what prompted me to post about what my oncologist said.

  • LizzyB73LizzyB73 Posts: 111 Oncology Specialist Nurse

    HI @MrsT

    The guidance now is for those shielding to do so until the end of July but after that time it would still be really important for those patients on active treatment to be extremely careful

    Please get in touch if you need any further support

    Best wishes



    Liz Bradley
    Oncology Specialist Nurse | Oncology Service Manager @ Springfield Hospital
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