COVID-19 information for people affected by cancer

As the NHS urges people to seek help from their GP if they think they have cancer symptoms, we understand there are concerns that some cancer treatments have been delayed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr Katie Elliot, clinical director for the Northern Cancer Alliance provides a response to these concerns below:

Despite the impact of the pandemic on operating theatres, staff availability and the need to protect staff and the public,  emergency and urgent treatment for cancer has continued throughout. Any delayed treatment has been reinstated based on the clinical need and taking into account individual patient risks. Clinical teams have worked together across the region to share surgical and therapy capacity to make sure the clinical needs are met. For some people, in line with national and royal college guidance, some treatments have been adjusted to minimise the risk from COVID-19 while making sure that the treatment is appropriate for the patient’s condition.

The NHS teams across the North East and North Cumbria have worked hard to maintain cancer treatments as safely as possible throughout the pandemic.  

An important message from some of our local doctors

Advice for all people affected by cancer from NHS England & Improvement and the “One Cancer Voice” charity network

To access the guidance that has been produced by the One Cancer Voice* charities in partnership with NHS England (published 25 March 2020), please click here.

Update version published 09/04/2020.

Updated version 18/05/2020

COVID-19 information from cancer charities

  • Northern head & Neck Cancer Charity please click here.
  • Macmillan Cancer Support please click here.
  • Lymphoma Action please click here.
  • Bloodwise (blood cancer charity) please click here.
  • Cancer Research UK please click here.
  • Bowel Cancer UK please click here.
  • Prostate Cancer UK please click here.
  • Lymphoma Action please click here
  • Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation please click here.
  • Young Lives vs Cancer click here.
  • Anthony Nolan please click here
  • The Brain Tumour Charity please click here.
  • Brain Tumour Research please click here.
  • Brains Trust please click here.
  • Breast Cancer Now please click here.
  • Cancer 52 please click here.
  • Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust please click here.
  • Ovarian Cancer Action please click here.
  • Target Ovarian Cancer please click here.
  • Teenage Cancer Trust please click here.
  • Pancreatic Cancer please click here.
  • Myeloma UK please click here.
  • Leukaemia Care please click here.
  • Leukaemia UK please click here.
  • The Eve Appeal (gynaecological cancers) please click here.
  • Shine Cancer Support (people in their 20’s, 30’sand 40’s) please click here.

For information relating to general health and wellbeing during the pandemic please click here.