We understand that you have questions about COVID-19 (coronavirus) and what it means for you. People with cancer, in active cancer treatment, with other chronic medical conditions, as well as older individuals, are considered higher risk for the more severe form of COVID-19.
It’s Safe to Get Cancer Treatment
While its important to avoid crowded facilities, it’s safe to come to a small clinic like ours to maintain your oncology and hematology treatment. We have put in place extra procedures to protect your health, and we are always expanding these efforts. Here’s what you can expect:
- It is highly recommended that you wear a face covering especially if you have a cough, have been ill, previously tested positive for COVID or you’ve been advised to do so by your healthcare provider. Non-patients are required to wear face coverings upon entering the building for the safety and concern of our patients.
- You have access to hand sanitizer near the front desk located in the waiting room and the ability to wash your hands in the treatment rooms.
- We check the temperature of every patient prior to your exam and treatment. If your temperature is higher than expected, you’ll be evaluated by a provider, and if warranted, tested for COVID-19.
- After each treatment and/or exam visit, equipment, chairs and the surrounding area are cleaned with special wipes. We have put in place cleaning protocols to sanitize bathrooms, frequently touched surfaces, and all areas of the clinic.
- We ask that only 1 family member/caregiver come with you to your appointment at this time. If you bring in more than one family member/caregiver, they will be asked to stay in the waiting area during your visit. If your family member/caregiver is not feeling well, we ask that they drop you off and not come into the office.
- We are evaluating follow-up appointments for patients who are not in active treatment to either be rescheduled or conduct telehealth visits at this time.
The media and other sources of updates can be overwhelming about COVID-19. We are here to point you to trustworthy resources specific to your needs:
Coronavirus 2019: What People with Cancer Need to Know
While it’s important to educate yourself, it’s also important to stay calm and reduce stress. As part of self-care, we suggest that you avoid checking the news 24/7 or turning to social media for updates.
As always, your health and well-being are our highest priority. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.