It’s time to prioritize your health.
At Cancer Pathways, we want everyone to get the tests and treatments they need. Many people have had their appointments and screenings postponed in the past year. We urge you to call your doctor and reschedule, if possible. Find out which screenings and tests you may be due to complete in order to detect cancer early and improve treatment outcomes.
Dr. Norman Sharpless, Director of the National Cancer Institute, recently wrote:
“Clearly, postponing procedures and deferring care as a result of the pandemic was prudent at one time, but the spread, duration, and future peaks of COVID-19 remain unclear. However, ignoring life-threatening non–COVID-19 conditions such as cancer for too long may turn one public health crisis into many others. Let’s avoid that outcome.”
We know it can be scary to go out right now. If you are questioning whether the risk is worth it, we get it. But there are some questions you can ask your doctor or clinic to ensure that the required safety precautions are being taken and feel better about going:
Call your doctor and ask:
- What are the guidelines for my specific test/treatment?
- What safety precautions are in place?
- How many people are allowed in the waiting area?
- Can I bring someone with me?
- How long will my test/treatment take?
If you have cancer, it’s more important than ever to ensure you are getting the care you need. You may already have experienced delays to your treatment, on top of possibly feeling further isolated because of restrictions on gathering. We are hearing from more people who need support and we’re seeing headlines like these:
“Cancer services have been disrupted. Mortality and morbidity rates will increase.”
“We know that early diagnosis is the key to successful treatment and survival rates.”
“Cancer will not wait for this pandemic to end. Crucial emotional, psychosocial and practical support care is needed right now.”
We know everyone’s situation is different, but please call your doctor and discuss scheduling your screening, test, or treatment. And don’t forget: we are here to help you and answer questions you may have. Contact us to join a support group or talk directly to a social worker.
We are here for you.