I have blood cancer, so my immune system is compromised. What should I do?
If you have blood cancer and your immune system is compromised, you should follow strict physical distancing and hygiene recommendations to reduce your risk of infection. While you might want to have your family close to you at a time like this it will be very important that you self-isolate as much as possible during this time.
If you need to self-isolate your family, friends or neighbours might be able to help you by carrying out task such as grocery shopping, collecting your medicine for you and other general tasks so that you can stay at home more. You can also talk to your doctor about using telehealth wherever possible.
If you need emotional support or you are having difficulty accessing essential supplies such as grocery deliveries please call our information and support line on 13 11 20 and our trained staff will be able to help you to access the support you need.
Our article “Are there any additional precautions I should take if I have or have had cancer?” has some recommendations and tips for reducing your risk.
The Leukaemia Foundation has more information that could help you here and our 13 11 20 information and support staff are available during business hours.
Cancer Council NSW would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work.We would also like to pay respect to elders past and present and extend that respect to all other Aboriginal people.