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Covid-19 and Cancer Treatment Protocols

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Covid-19 Results in Protocol Changes

Covid-19 has made a significant impact on the lives of cancer patients and their caregivers.
People with cancer, especially those undergoing chemotherapy and radiation, are in the high-risk category of Covid-19 infections. Cancer treatments greatly diminish one’s immune system, which makes the dangers of Covid-19 substantial.

Nearly all hospitals and cancer centers have revised protocols for treating cancer patients during the Covid-19 crisis. What are some things you might expect when going to get chemo or radiation during the pandemic?

Going to Cancer Treatment Alone During a Pandemic

If you are getting chemotherapy or radiation, you will likely have to go to your treatment alone. Many places will not allow visitors or companions to enter the building during this time. Call in advance to make sure you understand the rules to avoid unnecessary stress on the day of treatment. You might be able to secure an exception if your circumstances warrant.

If you are a caregiver, this means finding new ways to help your friend or loved one with cancer. If you can’t be there in person, consider sending a helpful cancer gift box from Rock the Treatment. You can also send food, run errands, or clean the house while your friend is at treatment.

Social Distancing and Mask Wearing During Covid-19 Pandemic

You might be asked to wear a mask for the duration of your visit to the treatment center. Everyone will likely be wearing masks-health care professionals, administrators, and patients.

You will also be asked to maintain social distancing, wash your hands, and sanitize as much as possible.

Other Changes to Your Cancer Treatment Protocols

Your doctors’ appointments may become virtual during Covid-19. Video calls with your doctor will likely replace in-person visits in some situations. Be prepared to ask questions and allow your doctor to view different areas of your body as he or she would if you were in the office.

You will probably get a phone call before you come in, asking you several questions about your general health and any unusual symptoms you have. This is to reduce the risk of bringing Covid-19 patients into the building and exposing the high-risk population.

Ask Questions About Covid-19 and Cancer Treatments

You might have questions about cancer and Covid-19. Ask them before you go for your next treatment. Some people wonder-

  • Should I postpone my treatment?
  • Is the staff being tested for Covid-19?
  • Is it safe for me to take an Uber or Lyft to my treatment?
  • What if I am feeling anxious about being by myself during treatment?
  • Can I video-chat with my chemo buddy while I am there?
  • What is my treatment center doing to sanitize?

These are all important questions that you should ask (or have someone else ask) before you go for your chemo or radiation during the pandemic. Anything you can do to ease the stress of a treatment day is worth it.

If Someone You Know is Getting Cancer Treatments, Send Them a Gift Box From Rock The Treatment

At Rock the Treatment, we make it easy to let someone with cancer know you care and support them on their difficult journey. If someone you love has cancer, send a helpful cancer gift basket from Rock The Treatment. Chemotherapy and radiation gift baskets are packed with the essentials needed to ease side effects of treatment, as well as enhance physical and mental well-being. See all of our cancer care packages and find the one that best supports their journey.

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