FAQs About Cancer Treatment in the Time of COVID-19
The coronavirus has impacted everyone’s life greatly. This virus affects the person’s health and the person with a weak immune system or health problem is at more risk of getting infected. The patients who are undergoing cancer treatment have various questions in their mind and this topic will help you get answers for some of them.
Who is at a higher risk of getting COVID-19?
This is the most common question which the patients ask our cancer doctor. Till now, this virus can affect the people of older age like above 60, a young age like below 2 years, and those who are suffering from health issues like heart, diabetes, and asthma.
Additionally, if you are undergoing cancer treatment then also you need to keep a check on your health. This can affect the immune system and due to lower immunity, the virus can affect your health.
What if I am at high risk of COVID-19 and what are the necessary precautions which should I take?
- Make sure you wash your hands and face properly.
- Avoid touching the mouth, nose, eyes, and ears.
- From the infected person maintain the distance of at least one meter.
- While sneezing or coughing you should cover your mouth with your elbow or tissues. The tissue should be disposed of right away.
- Stay at home and avoid going to public places because this will increase the risk of contamination.
In case you have some issues or facing a problem then seek medical help from our cancer hospital right away.
Is it essential to wear a mask even if I don’t have COVID-19?
Generally, the people who are sick should wear the mask so that the disease does not get transmitted. But, if the cancer treatment affects your immune system then you should wear the mask while going outside.
Is it possible cancer patients can have different COVID-19 symptoms?
No, the symptoms of COVID-19 are the same among every person.
Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, will my treatment be affected?
The patients getting treatment for the COVID-19 are totally separated and isolated from other wards. Your cancer treatment will continue as per the schedule. In case, the doctor seems there is some issue, then your oncologist will recommend you avoid the hospital visits. So, it is ideal that you discuss with your oncologist about how your treatment plan will be continued.
Should I not go to my chemotherapy sessions?
Without the consent of your doctor, the chemotherapy sessions should not be discontinued. You need to consult your oncologist before making any such changes in the treatment plan.
Is it best that I avoid visiting the hospital as there are a large number of patients?
Only when it is necessary you should visit the hospital. You should contact your doctor over the phone if you have any doubt or need guidance.