Recommended Treatments for People with Cancer During Coronavirus Pandemic – Coronavirus can be very deadly for people with underlying conditions, including cancer. The data shows that lots of cancer patients in China, US, and Italy are more vulnerable and can have greater health risk. However, the patients need to get better treatment so they can be safe during the pandemic.
– Cancer Patients
Cancer patients are categorized into two groups during the pandemic. The first one is the patients with controlled disease or treatment-free and the second is the patients under the treatment. However, only the second category is eligible to get local treatment.
The cancer patients in the second category are those who have had a stem cell transplant or bone marrow in the last six months, receive extensive radiotherapy, receive chemotherapy, and those with lymphatic or blood cancer.
– Recommended Treatments
Patients need to limit their visits to the hospital during the pandemic and they are recommended to communicate with professionals via phone. Local treatment will be prioritized for patients with higher risk or life threatening conditions. Those who don’t belong to the higher risk group, the treatment will be changed into oral treatment temporarily that will be monitored by the professionals.
Patients are recommended to consult the hospital if they need to get local treatment or not. The hospital will determine the safer way to get to the hospital and they will also get additional information related to health education to make them safe during the visit. The hospital will also arrange the schedule for the appointment to reduce the chance of getting infected during the waiting time in the hospital if they don’t receive a scheduled appointment. On the other hand, if the patients don’t need to get the local treatment, the patients will receive guidance to do the oral treatment by themselves.
Cancer patients need to be examined further to determine whether they need local treatment or not. If cancer patients need to get treatment in the hospital, they need to make sure that they follow the guidelines. Fewer visits are also recommended to lower the chance of getting coronavirus.