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BCNA News 15 Jun 2020

COVID-19 Update: June

BCNA is continuing to work with governments and the cancer community to provide up-to-date, tailored information and support regarding the COVID-19 pandemic via our My Journey online tool.

As restrictions evolve and change across the country, some of our members remain concerned about the risk of infection. While this concern is understandable, cancer clinicians are working hard to provide safe and effective treatment and follow-up care, while hospitals and health services have put a range measures in place to reduce the risk of infection.

Continuing treatment and keeping up with recommended medical appointments at this time, either via telehealth or face-to-face, is important.

The Australian Government is also continuing to recommend that people who are vulnerable to infection, such as people over the age of 70, people over the age of 60 with a chronic illness (including cancer) and First Nations peoples over 50 stay at home as much as possible.

Our dedicated COVID-19 landing page on the My Journey online tool is regularly updating information in response to our members’ frequently asked questions. Queries answered on the tool include:

  • How can I protect myself from coronavirus as state and territory restrictions begin to ease in some parts of the country?
  • Should I be attending my appointments while coronavirus is in the community?
  • Should I put off going for scans and tests?
  • What support is available for my child during this time?
  • I live on my own and am having treatment that lowers my immune system. What services are available to me so that I can continue to access all the things that I need?
  • I have finished treatment for early breast cancer. Am I still at risk of contracting coronavirus?

To view the FAQs, as well as a range of content relating to COVID-19, please visit the My Journey online tool.

Our most recent podcast episode on COVID-19, empowered by Red Energy, unpacks the importance of still accessing health professionals and services during this time. To listen, scroll down to ‘Helpful resources’ on our My Journey online tool dedicated coronavirus page or search ‘Upfront About Breast Cancer’ in your podcast app.

Cancer Australia’s new Cancer Won’t Wait campaign stresses the importance of people seeing their doctor about any symptoms or health issues they have noticed.

If you haven’t already, you can sign up to the My Journey online tool here.