Published Mar 29, 2020
With the coronavirus pandemic taking up so many of our country’s emergency health resources, many people facing cancer are worried about what happens if they do face some sort of complication from treatment. These fears are certainly warranted — so it’s important to understand some changes that are happening in oncology practices across the board as the U.S. medical system adjusts to the influx of COVID-19 cases.
Dr. Brieze Keeley Bell, an attending physician at UCSF Medical Center, tells SurvivorNet the safest bet for people going through cancer treatment, or those who have just finished treatment, is to practice social distancing as much as possible. Taking advantage of tele-medicine when you do have a question or concern for your doctor is the best option right now.
“Having said that, there are several conditions that may indicate evolving emergencies that require you to be evaluated in person, either by your usual physician or by the team of doctors in the emergency room,” Dr. Bell says.
Dr. Bell gave some examples of conditions that would warrant a trip to the doctor or the ER, even in the current climate: