If you have cancer your immune system may not be as strong as it is normally so you may feel concerned about the risks associated with the spread of COVID-19 within Australia.
The immune system protects the body against illness and infection caused by bacteria and viruses like COVID-19. Some people with cancer have a weak immune system which reduces their ability to fight these infections.
Generally, people with cancer should continue to follow any specific advice or standard precautions recommended by their health care practitioners to minimise your risk of infection, during and after treatment.
If you are currently experiencing symptoms of infection (e.g. fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath) or are aware you have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 please contact your treatment team immediately. Where possible obtain advice over the phone rather than attending in person to lower your risk of exposure and to reduce the risk of exposing others.
For more information and if you need further assistance call Cancer Council on 13 11 20 for any cancer-related information and support.