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COVID-19 and Breast Cancer: Resources and Updates for July 17th

If you think that you may have the COVID-19 virus, you can use this self-assessment tool


Research

national clinical trial will be conducted this summer with the goal of boosting the immune system of cancer patients in order to protect them from becoming seriously ill from COVID-19. Researchers will recruit 1,500 patients currently receiving cancer treatment who will be randomly assigned to receive either regular care, or regular care plus IMM-101 (an immune system stimulant). This study is being led by Dr. Rebecca Auer, surgical oncologist and director of cancer research at the Ottawa Hospital. Interested patients should discuss this study with their primary care physician.


Researchers at the University of Toronto are conducting an online study to understand the physical and mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on cancer survivors and to identify resources to help survivors. To be eligible for the study, you must be 18 years or older, have been diagnosed with any cancer, and be able to complete the study in English. Study participants will be entered in a draw and randomly selected to win 1 of 6 available gift cards for $25 CAD each. 


Researchers at the University of British Columbia are conducting an online study to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected cancer patients and their cancer treatment, along with other aspects such as their well-being. To be eligible for the study, you must be 18 years or older, have been diagnosed with any cancer and currently undergoing active treatment for your cancer. You must also be able to complete the study in English and/or French. Study participants will be entered in a draw and randomly selected to win 1 of 5 available gift cards for $50 CAD each.


ABC Global Alliance recently conducted a survey on the impact of COVID-19 on cancer patient organizations around the world. Based on their findings, they released a statement to ensure that a global plan of action for cancer exists in times of health crises and pandemics.


For up-to-date information on tests and trials for a COVID-19 vaccine, click here.

Navigating COVID-19 and Breast Cancer
Breast Cancer and COVID-19 Webinar

Caring for Patients With Breast Cancer During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Sharing Experiences

Join Dr. Harold Burstein and Dr. Giuseppe Curigliano as they discuss the latest understanding of best treatment practices and share their experiences with breast cancer patients in the United States and Italy.

Friday, July 31, 2020
10:00AM EDT / 4:00 PM CET
Register for this webinar

Lymphedema and COVID-19

The Canadian Lymphedema Framework is providing one-time complimentary online access to the Summer 2020 issue of their Pathways magazine, as a way of giving back to the lymphedema community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Summer issue of Pathways has been tailored for readers who are seeking more information about the virus and how it might affect their own lives.

Quarantine Fatigue

What Is Quarantine Fatigue?
Jennifer Musselman, L.M.F.T., psychotherapist, leadership consultant, and PhD-C at the USC Doctoral Program for Change Management and Leadership defines quarantine fatigue as "being absolutely done with the isolation, the lack of connection, lack of routine, and loss of the sense of freedom to go about life in some pre-quarantine way that feels unrestricted; it's being emotionally exhausted and depleted from experiencing the same day, every day."

Addressing Quarantine Fatigue
While it is easy to fall into a quarantine fatigue, it's important to remain diligent regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are a few resources that address quarantine fatigue and how to beat it.

  • Quarantine Fatigue: How to Stay Vigilant About Your Safety During the COVID-19 Pandemic from Breastcancer.org
  • Why you may have 'quarantine fatigue' and how to overcome it from CTV News
  • How to cope with COVID-19 quarantine fatigue from MD Anderson Cancer Network

COVID-19 Updates Across Canada

Since our last newsletter, here are some of the recent news releases, resources, updates and reminders related to the COVID-19 pandemic across Canada that may be of interest to you. Please note that this list is not exhaustive.

Canada

Alberta

  • Albertans can use the ABTraceTogether app to assist with contact tracing
  • Free masks are once again being provided to Albertans at several restaurant locations
  • Some community pharmacies are conducting COVID-19 test for those without symptoms

British Columbia

Manitoba

New Brunswick

Newfoundland and Labrador

  • In-patients at long-term care, personal care homes, assisted living facilities and community care homes are now allowed to have 6 visitors/support persons
  • Plans have been released for the 2020-2021 school year
  • Residents can make payments for various Motor Registration Division (MRD) transactions online
  • Funding was announced for residents who were unable to keep up with their electricity bills by allowing them to have the interest waived on an overdue account; Check with your service provider to more information

Northwest Territories

Nova Scotia

Ontario

Prince Edward Island

Quebec

Saskatchewan

Yukon

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