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COVID-19
& Breast Cancer

COVID-19 and Breast Cancer: Resources and Updates for April 19th to April 25th

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.

Provincial Health Insurance and COVID-19

Some provinces have made minor changes to their health insurance terms. The following provinces have made changes that may be relevant to you:

British Columbia

  • If your MSP coverage has expired, you may be able to get temporary coverage. Contact Health Insurance BC to request a Confirmation of Continued Coverage letter

New Brunswick

  • Certain claims may have their co-payments reduced to zero
  • Members of the NB Drug Plans that were set to expire between March 1, 2020 and May 31, 2020 will be extended until August 31, 2020. Find out more here 
  • Medications are being limited to a 30 day supply with some exceptions

Ontario

  • People with expiring or expired health cards will still be able to access health services

Navigating COVID-19 and Breast Cancer

Getting Prescriptions Filled
If you have prescriptions to fill and are self-isolating, many pharmacies offer home-delivery. Check with your local pharmacy or wherever you usually get your prescriptions filled, to check if it is possible to have them delivered to your home.

Understanding Cancer Treatment and Surgery Decision
An article from the Annals of Internal Medicine provides a helpful figure that serves as a general guideline to help American oncologists make decisions about immediate cancer treatment during the COVID-19 crisis. While this is an American source, it provides some idea of how surgery and treatment decisions are being made in a way that balances breast cancer progression risk and COVID-19 risk.

Get Involved

Rebecca Robillard is the lead investigator of a study at The Royal Institute of Mental Health Research. The observational, online study titled "How are you coping? Assessing the psychological, social, and economic impacts of an emerging pandemic (C19 Survey)" aims to examine the psychological, social, and financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic at various stages of the outbreak. Special attention is given to social isolation, as well as family and work related factors. More information on the study can be found on the Clinical Trials Ontario website or by contacting Rebecca Robillard by email at rebecca.robillard@uottawa.ca.

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