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.
COVID-19 and Cancer Treatments
In this webinar from the Canadian Cancer Society, an expert panel of doctors answer some of the most commonly asked questions about how COVID-19 is influencing cancer treatment across CanadaSuch as:
• How is cancer treatment managed differently during the pandemic?
• Can people with cancer participate in clinical trials during the pandemic, and will
clinical trials already underway continue?
• Why can’t caregivers accompany loved ones in cancer treatment centers as freely as
before the pandemic? What considerations are made when deciding if a loved one
can accompany someone receiving treatment?
• If I contract COVID-19 during cancer treatment, how will the healthcare system help
me manage both conditions?
You can find the webinar here.
*To access a webinar on COVID-19 and cancer in French, please visit here.
COVID-19 and Lung Cancer: How to Maximize Your Health, Happiness and Immune Function While at Home.
Lung Cancer Canada & Healing and Cancer present a webinar to learn about:
- How to transform anxiety into empowerment
- Scientifically-proven mind/body techniques to reduce anxiety and boost your immunity
- How self-compassion and social connection creates strength and resilience
Featuring Dr. Rob Rutledge, Radiation Oncologist, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University and co-founder of the Healing and Cancer Foundation. To learn more visit https://healingandcancer.org/
A Panel Discussion: COVID-19 and Lung Cancer. What Patients Need to Know.
Lung Cancer Canada presents a panel discussion answering lung cancer patient's questions and concerns about COVID-19.
Dr. Rosalyn Juergens Medical Oncologist, Chair of the Lung Cancer Canada Medical Advisory Committee
Dr. Normand Blais Medical Oncologist, Member of the Lung Cancer Canada Medical Advisory Committee
Andrea Redway Lung Cancer Survivor & Patient Advocate
Lung Cancer Voices - Special Edition: COVID-19 and Lung Cancer - Your Questions Answered
In this special episode, Christina Sit, Programs Director at Lung Cancer Canada asks Dr. Paul Wheatley-Price the most common questions about COVID-19 that we have heard from lung cancer patients.
Tips for your appointments:
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
On the lighter side, try using this site: https://washyourlyrics.com/ to create your own handwashing sign with lyrics to your favorite song!
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