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COVID-19
& Breast Cancer

COVID-19 and Breast Cancer: Resources and Updates for April 12th to April 18th

If you think that you may have the COVID-19 virus, you can use this self-assessment tool. Links to the COVID-19 response from each province and territory, as well as their telehealth contact information, can be found here.

Navigating COVID-19 and Breast Cancer

Telemedicine
While there are stay-home orders across the country, it may be difficult to follow if you need to visit your doctor for appointments or check-ups. If you have an appointment coming up, check with your primary care physician or with the hospital if it is possible to have your appointment or check-up over the phone, or virtually. Telemedicine and telehealth, the act of providing health-related services via telecommunication technology, can allow you to follow-up on your health without putting yourself at added risk from visiting a physical location.

Delayed Treatment, Surgery or Follow-Up Care
If you are facing a delay in your treatment, surgery or follow-up care. You may find it helpful to speak to your healthcare team to better understand how decisions about your care are being made. Here are a few questions from Medical News Today that you can ask to bring about some peace of mind:

  • Do the benefits of delaying treatment outweigh the risks?

  • How long can I safely delay treatment?

  • Would treatment at a different hospital with fewer COVID-19 patients be safer?

  • What are some alternatives to treatment in a hospital?

  • What symptoms would warrant immediate or emergency treatment?

Financial Supports for High-Risk Individuals
At this time, the financial supports being provided by the federal and provincial governments do not address employees at an essential business who are considered high-risk or who want to voluntarily stop working in order to lower their chances of contracting COVID-19. If you are in this situation, you can speak to your employer about making accommodations to make your job safer. Check with your employer to see if:

  • Accommodations can be made to expose you to less risk/people in your workplace

  • You have access to sick leave that could be used in this specific circumstance for a pre-existing condition of breast cancer

  • You can take a temporary leave that would allow you to keep your employment but access government subsidies during the immediate health crisis

Read more about your rights as an employee as it relates to COVID-19 from The Government of Canada and from Public Service Alliance of Canada.

Response from Pharmaceutical Companies

Innovative Medicines Canada’s members are working around the clock to find new treatments and vaccines to fight COVID-19 from Innovative Medicines Canada

WHO launches global megatrial of the four most promising coronavirus treatments from Science

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