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Cancer and COVID-19

Diana Sarfati, CE Cancer Control Agency, shares a message for those living with cancer during COVID-19.

Text: A message for those living with cancer during COVID-19 - Cancer Control Agency New Zealand

Diana Sarfati - CE Cancer Control Agency: Kia ora, katou. Being diagnosed with cancer is stressful, and even more so during the COVID pandemic. I wanted to let you know how hard everyone is working to make sure that you and your whānau have the care and support that you need during this difficult time.

Richard Doocey - Haematologist in Auckland: Just wanted to check in and reassure you that all the cancer units and their fabulous staff across New Zealand are working really closely together at this time. We're all trying to make sure you get that excellent cancer treatment that you all deserve.

Shelley Campbell - CE Waikato Bay of Plenty Cancer Society: Waikato Cancer Society Lions Lodge is now operating 24/7. At the moment, our nurses are working hard to support whānau and the community as well.

Claire Hardie- Radiation Oncologist in Palmerston North: Radiation oncology departments around the country are still working so you can receive radiation treatment when you need it. 

Alex - Social Worker / Counsellor Cancer in Whangarei: We're still providing support with social work issues, accommodation, travel, things like that, and we're all in this together.

Chris Hemmings - Pathologist in Christchurch: We've extended our operating hours and divided our labs into two teams, so although it's not quite business as usual, we are still coming to work every day and beavering away in the lab behind the scenes to do our bit to support cancer patients.

Diana Sarfati: There are some really simple things you can do if you or a member of your whānau are being treated for cancer. 

Myra Ruka - Haematologoist in Waikato: Continue to take all of your medications. Your cancer key team will contact you and let you know if there's been any changes to your treatment plan. 

Gerardine Clifford-Lidstone - Director Pacific Health in Wellington: If you are unwell, phone your GP or cancer clinic. They will talk to you about what to do next. If you're sick, the hospital is still the safest place to be.

Myra Ruka: If you're a cancer patient, or if you're vulnerable or at high risk of getting the coronavirus, your whare is your safety bubble, so as much as possible, please stay in the whare.

Chris Jackson - Medical Oncologist in Dunedin: Whatever the alert level, you can travel for your treatment, because cancer treatment is essential. Occasionally, the way we deliver treatment may change to keep you or our staff safe.

Diana Sarfati: Cancer care professionals all around New Zealand have risen to the challenge of COVID-19. To those living with cancer at this time, we are constantly humbled by your strength and your resilience. You're at the front of our minds. He waka eke noa - we're all in this together.

NZ Cancer Action Plan 2019–2029.

New Zealand Cancer Action Plan 2019–2029

The New Zealand Cancer Action Plan 2019–2029 sets out the actions required over the next 10 years to ensure better cancer outcomes.

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