June 11, 2020
Getting the news that you have cancer is already overwhelming and frightening by itself. And then the COVID-19 pandemic adds another layer of worry and anxiety. But cancer patients should not panic. You can protect yourself from COVID-19 without compromising your cancer treatment.
At HCA Midwest Health, we are committed to providing the right cancer care at the right time with the best possible outcomes. During the pandemic, whenever possible, oncology visits will be done by phone or video to minimize risk of exposure. But minimizing your chances of exposure doesn’t necessarily require you to sacrifice your treatment plan. In the vast majority of cases, cancer treatment may not be “an immediate emergency”, although it certainly feels like one. Your oncologist will partner with you to weigh risks and discuss your other options for treatment if a delay is necessary.
If you do have to go to the hospital, some of the measures in place to keep you safe include:
- Screening for all patients, visitors and staff before entering facilities.
- All caregivers and employees wear masks throughout all areas of the hospital and care sites, precisely following CDC guidelines.
- Heightened infection prevention policies, including the removal of high-touch items such as magazines and toys.
- Expanded environmental services cleaning protocols, additional hand washing stations throughout the hospital.
- Food and drink are prohibited in clinical units to prevent the spread of illness.
The health and safety of our patients, families and staff remain top priorities as we face the pandemic’s challenges.
For more information about the network-accredited cancer program, Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at HCA Midwest Health visit https://hcamidwest.com/service/cancer-care.