Cancer treatment
25/05/2020 5:00:00 p.m.

Monday 25 May

We know that many people living with cancer and their whānau are worried about cancer treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cancer centres around New Zealand are working hard to make sure those in active cancer treatment continue to receive treatment.
 
At Level 2 cancer centres still need to follow physical distancing guidelines which may reduce the number of people able to receive treatment each day. It remains extremely important to protect people living with cancer from the risk of catching COVID-19. 

At Level 2:
• • Outpatient appointments may be in person or virtual (e.g. phone conversation or video call), you will be contacted by your cancer centre with the details
• If you have a scan scheduled, please attend this as normal
• If you have concerns about travelling or coming to hospital because of your health, please contact your cancer centre BEFORE your appointment or treatment.
• If you are unwell please phone your cancer centre to let them know

It is still safe to come to the hospital. If you are sick the hospital is still the safest place to be. 

The best source of accurate and up-to-date information about COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) is available on the Ministry of Health website. 

People with reduced immunity, including some people living with cancer and those undergoing chemotherapy, are at a higher risk from COVID-19. 6

Information on who is considered at risk and what can be done to manage that risk can be found here.
There are some simple steps to protect against COVID-19:
• • Wash your hands regularly
• • Cough and sneeze into your elbow
• • Wipe down surfaces with disinfectant
• • Stay 2m away from people in public
• • Stay 1m away from people in places where there is contact tracing
• • If you are sick stay at home
• • If you are sick with COVID-19 symptoms ring your GP or Healthline

We are working with clinicians, cancer centres, DHBs, Regional Cancer Networks and our own staff and advisory groups to work through the issues that COVID-19 has created for people living with cancer.