Is anyone else finding their access to cancer services delayed or not available due to the Covid19 response? I have not heard a word from my oncologist and I am due for a six monthly scan for my lung lesions. What to do?
Thank you for your post and welcome to CancerChatNZ!
Yes these certainly are unusual times we’re living in. What we’ve heard from our medical director Dr Chris Jackson is that cancer services are considered essential and will be going ahead as usual – there may be changes such as having phone consultations with your oncologist instead of seeing them in the clinic.
Regarding scans these may be done but there possibly are delays. His advice is for any questions about your appointments you should contact your cancer treatment team. So if you have contact details for the service caring for you we suggest you email or phone them – perhaps there is a cancer specialist nurse in your team who can follow this up for you. If you are finding this difficult please let us know – either firstname.lastname@example.org or ph 0800 CANCER(226 237).
Best wishes, Julie, Naena and Anna, Cancer information nurses, and CancerChat NZ moderators.