What will happen to my cancer treatment? For example:
Will it be postponed?
Should I still go to hospital appointments?
How will my hospital decide whether I am a priority for treatment? Will there be national rules?
If treatment, including stem cell transplants, are deferred and I begin to relapse will this limit my eligibility for future lines of treatment?
Should I start chemotherapy treatment (particularly if it is a 2nd/3rd line for "mop up" ) or postpone?
As a stage 4 patient will I be given life support if I have breathing difficulties due to the virus?
If I get the virus and recover, will this affect my cancer treatment and outlook?
Clinicians will always make decisions to prioritize treatment for those most in need and in consultation with patients.
Many hospitals have started to use more telephone consultations as a way of helping people to avoid long waits in clinics and for treatment. You may be called to arrange your treatments in this way, and planned treatments may need to be moved to help with running a smooth service.
Your clinical team are best placed to talk with you about the effect on your treatment and appointments. They will work with you to determine the best course of action in each individual situation. If you have any concerns or questions about your treatment, please speak to your clinical team.