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Cancer in a Pandemic

By Roy Jensen, MD, director
Dr. Jensen in lab

April 02, 2020

For patients, treatment for cancer can be difficult under the best of circumstances. Factor in a global pandemic, the challenges and the anxieties multiply.

Here at The University of Kansas Cancer Center, we are working hard to ensure the safety of our patients and tailoring treatment approaches for each and every one of them. Times are uncertain. We must be nimble as conditions evolve. Regardless of how procedures and protocols may change, we are here for you.

For people with cancer, certain treatments may compromise your immune system, making you more susceptible to viruses.

Be Prepared

  • Store your oncologist’s contact information in your phone so you can easily find it.
  • Make sure your caregiver also has the information handy.
  • If you are admitted for COVID-19, provide inpatient nurses and care staff with your oncologist’s name and contact information.
  • Involve your cancer team early. They know the ins and outs of your cancer and can advocate for you as cancer specialists.

Finally, keep in mind that physical distancing is the best way to avoid ever contracting COVID-19. It is hard to be isolated during such a stressful time, but the sacrifices we make now will benefit our community’s health in the long run.


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