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13th March 2020

Latest advice Coronavirus and lung cancer

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Here is the latest information for the general public, and those living with lung cancer, on the coronavirus following yesterday’s [Thursday 12th March] announcement.

We understand this is a very worrying and confusing time, particularly for those with lung cancer. We are working closely with Public Health, the NHS and other cancer charities to ensure cancer patients have the latest information. We will continue to post updates on our website and social media channels.

For the most up-to-date information, visit Public Health England and the NHS website.

Current NHS advice

We recommend that everyone follows the NHS advice around reducing the risk of picking up infections:

  • – Wash your hands regularly.
  • – You should wash your hands, including the backs, between your fingers and under your nails for at least 20 seconds.
  • – If you have been out, wash your hands when you get home or into work.
  • – If soap and water is not available, use hand sanitiser.
  • – Cough into your elbow or the crook of your arm, or
  • – Use a tissue is cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.
  • – Throw tissues away as soon as you can and wash your hands again.
  • – Avoid close contact with people who are unwell in general.
  • – Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

Symptoms of coronavirus

The symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:

  • – A new continuous cough and/or
  • – High temperature.

Anyone experiencing either or both these symptoms, however mild, must self-isolate for 7 days. In this time, you should not leave your house.

Advice to cancer patients

If you have lung cancer and start to experience symptoms of coronavirus, stay at home and contact your clinical team directly. Do not contact your GP or 111 as they are unlikely to have enough specific expertise to advice. Your clinical team will be best placed to advise you on what to do.

At present, the NHS is not advising cancer patients to avoid large groups or reduce social contact. However, this is a rapidly evolving situation and this advice might change.

We are reassured that the NHS will continue to provide cancer treatments as normal. In the event of any disruption, clinicians will always make decisions to prioritise treatment for those in most need and in consultation with patients.

If you are considering not attending your appointment or treatment, or have any concerns, please contact your clinical team and discuss it with them. They will be best placed to offer you help and advice on your personal situation.