COVID-19 Update from Lung Cancer Canada
In an effort to protect our community and our staff from potential exposure to COVID-19, our office in downtown Toronto is closed until further notice. During this time, our staff will be working remotely and continue our efforts to provide the services that lung cancer patients and the community come to expect from us. We will continue to respond to inquiries through phone, and e-mail. Our website and social media platforms will be updated frequently.
We are here to help so please do not hesitate to contact us.
At Lung Cancer Canada , the health, well-being and safety of people affected by lung cancer is our priority. As the situation with COVID-19 is quickly evolving, it is important to ensure that you have accurate information.
The World Health Organization, the Public Health Association of Canada and your provincial Public Health office websites are the official sources of up to date information. Scroll down to the bottom of this page for links to these sites.
If you are a lung cancer patient, you may be at a higher risk for more serious outcomes of COVID-19. Cancer is considered an underlying medical condition. Some cancer treatments, such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy, can weaken your immune system, making it harder to fight infections. The Canadian Cancer Society has information specific to cancer and the coronavirus.
Remember: the situation is fluid and the cancer care teams are working to try to find a way to ensure that patient care is maintained. There are still many unknowns. Here are some tips:
- Is my appointment still as scheduled?
- If it is rescheduled, ask for a new date or ask if it is possible to have a telephone or video appointment.
- If you are nervous about travelling to, or going into the cancer centre, ask if there is an option to have a phone or video appointment.
- If your treatment is delayed and you feel that you have been placed in a lower "category" or priority, you may ask to have have the decision reviewed.
It is normal to feel anxious about your appointments as the situation is quickly evolving. Remember that your medical team is there to help you, so please talk to them should you have any questions about your care. They are the best source of information if you have questions about your risk, based on where you live in Canada and your medical history. They will also keep you updated about any possible changes to your cancer treatments during the COVID-19 outbreak.
In addition, follow these pre-cautionary steps:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, especially with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cough and sneeze into your elbow, not your hands.
- Use cleaning products to disinfect objects and surfaces you commonly touch, such as doorknobs, countertops, phones and toys.
- Stay home if you are feeling sick to avoid spreading germs to others.
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