If you are undergoing cancer treatment...

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If you are undergoing cancer treatment...

This post is for those who may be currently undergoing treatment for cancer and have concerns about COVID-19.

 

The following are some ways in which you can minimise your risk of exposure...

Hygiene

  • Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, take care to wash your entire hand and in between your fingers. It's important to do this especially before any eating or drinking.
  • If you're able, carry some alcohol-based sanitiser or rub with you, to use in the event you are unable to wash your hands.
  • Try and avoid touching your face, including your eyes nose and mouth as it's very easy to transfer the virus from surfaces.
  • Disinfect and clean surfaces and items that are frequently touched. These may include: door handles, tables, kitchen benches, light switches, sinks, toilets, remotes or even your mobile phone.

Social distancing

  • Avoid any contact with those who are unwell or have been exposed to the virus, including anyone who has recently returned from an overseas trip in a high-risk country.
  • Maintain at least 1m distance physically between yourself and others when out and about.
  • Avoid hugging, kissing and shaking hands and other unncessary physical contact.This is especially important if you are currently having chemotherapy or are post-treatments such as bone marrow transplantation.
  • Stay home as much as you can, avoiding non-essential travel and avoid public transport where able.

Here are some further recommendations from the CDC in America about cleaning and disinfecting households.

 

You can talk to your doctor or treating team about where in your treatment you may be at highest risk of infection, then you can plan your activities accordingly.

 

You can also contact your treatment team and see if you can do you some of your consultations remotely via phone, Skype or Facetime.

 

Be Prepared

Note: If you do take prescription or over-the-counter medication, make sure you have enough at home or in a safe place that you are able to access just in case. A one month supply is ideal.

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