Dr Anthony Cunliffe, is Macmillan’s GP Adviser in London.
He said: “It’s completely understandable that people living with cancer are worried about coronavirus. If you have cancer, the most important thing is to follow the advice from the NHS and your healthcare team.
“Your clinician may want to review your treatment plans, including whether the risks involved in any treatment have changed. In some cases, this may lead to a discussion about a revised or modified treatment plan. This is because the risks and benefits of certain treatments may be different in light of the coronavirus risk.
“Many hospitals have started to use more telephone consultations as a way of helping people to avoid long waits in clinics and for treatment. Your clinical team are best placed to talk with you about the effect on your treatment and appointments. They will work with you to determine the best course of action in each individual situation. If you have any concerns about your treatment, please do speak to your clinical team.
“Some people with cancer and those who have received or are receiving certain treatments are more at risk of becoming seriously ill if they contract COVID-19
“If you are in this category, the NHS will directly contact you with advice about the more stringent measures you should take in order to keep yourself and others safe.We also know it might be a lonely and stressful time as many people are staying at home to stay safe.
“Staying at home for a prolonged period can be difficult, frustrating and lonely for some people and that you or other household members may feel low. It’s important to remember to take care of your mind as well as your body and to get support if you need it. Stay in touch with family and friends or Macmillan 0808 808 00 00. www.macmillan.org