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FAQs About COVID-19 And Cancer
1. How Do Cancer Patients Be Affected With COVID-19?
Some cancer patients have already had a weak immune system because of the treatment and their underlying health condition. Having a weak immune system makes it harder to fight off diseases.
2. Am I At Higher Risk Of Getting COVID-19 If I Have Cancer?
There is still much more we don’t know about the COVID-19 and its effect on cancer patients. However, there is some information regarding the risk of infections in general for cancer patients.
When the white blood cells of the body in which it fights infections do not function well or low, the body is incapable to fight infections successfully. Radiation therapy or chemotherapy can cause side effects that lessen the ability of the body to fight infections. Thus, cancer patients who are inactive treatment may be at a higher risk for COVID-19. Furthermore, people diagnosed with blood cancers might have a higher risk of getting COVID-19 than those with other cancers. Blood cancers frequently disturb the normal production of immune cells.
3. Is It Safe To Have Surgery?
To make sure that each one of us is limiting exposure to COVID-19, it is important to evaluate each patient based on their medical condition and diagnosis. If surgery is needed, COVID-19 testing before all surgical procedures is a must for everyone’s safety.
4. What Safety Measure Must Cancer Patients Take If They’re Going Out For Treatment?
Each hospital as this time is making sure that the safest care setting for their patients and care teams are settled. When you come in for treatment be aware of safety protocols and visitors guidelines of the hospital or care center. It is also required for all the patients, visitors, and staff to wear face masks while in our facilities and practice social distancing. All patients will be asked screening questions before their appointment to determine if you have any concerning symptoms or any risk of exposure to COVID-19. When you arrive where your appointment is, every patient will have their temperature checked and will be asked various questions. This lets us make sure the safest care is being provided.
5. What Must A Cancer Patient Do If They Develop Symptoms Of An Infection?
Symptoms of COVID-19 such as;
- High fever
- Deep dry cough
- Shortness of breath
If you develop any of these, call your healthcare provider as soon as possible. They can guide whether to see how your symptoms progress, to stay home, or you need immediate medical attention.
6. What Must I Do If A Family Member Develops Symptoms?
The highest priority these times is the health and safety of you and your family. If a family member develops symptoms, with the best of your ability, avoid close contact with them. You must sleep in a different bedroom. You and your family member must also regularly wash your hands, clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces. You must let your physician and care team know if you have a family member who develops symptoms. They will work with you to help make sure that you continue to receive the safest care possible while also focusing on the protection of all our patients and care teams.