COVID-19 and Breast Cancer: Resources and Updates for May 31st to June 6th
If you think that you may have the COVID-19 virus, you can use this self-assessment tool.
COVID-19 Updates Across Canada
With provinces and territories re-opening previously closed businesses and services, we are provide an update on the status of breast cancer screening across Canada.
Navigating COVID-19 and Breast Cancer
In order to ease the burden on hospitals and to protect vulnerable populations, many cancer centres have had to change their standard of care and find ways to balance a patient’s cancer diagnosis with their risk of contracting COVID-19 and facing further complications. This has involved delaying some cancer surgeries and treatments. In some cases individuals are getting chemotherapy/hormone therapy etc. before breast surgery (this is called neoadjuvant therapy).
Even with services slowly resuming, there might still be a delayed in getting your treatment/surgery due to backlogs created from the initial postponement. Whichever situation you may be in regarding your cancer treatment, surgery or follow-up care, any anxiety from the change and uncertainty is understandable uncertainty.
CBCN has put together a blog (available in both English and French) to provide some insight regarding how long certain surgeries/treatments can be delayed to provide some ease to breast cancer patients.
Other CBCN Resources
In case you missed it, CBCN has produced the following resources on navigating COVID-19 as a breast cancer patient:
COVID-19 and Breast Cancer: Resources and Updates
Is It Safe To Go For Cancer Treatments During the COVID-19 Pandemic?
What Your Oncologist Wants You To Know During The COVID-19 Crisis
How Handwashing and Social Distancing Can Keep You Safe
Factsheet on Continuing Cancer Treatment During the COVID-19 Crisis
Health Behavior Change During COVID-19 Pandemic
An observational study interested in the handwashing behavior of individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bruno Quintard, PhD