Cancer treatments continue amid COVID-19 pandemic

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Cancer treatments continue despite unprecedented measures in the province to fight COVID-19, BC Cancer said on Wednesday.

“The journeys linked to cancer have not stopped and neither have we,” said Dr. Kim Nguyen Chi, vice president and chief medical officer of BC Cancer in a statement from the organization.

“You can see changes in the way we work, the reason why we work has not changed; we are here to support patients and provide the best patient-centered care we can. “

The organization said it has taken steps to prevent the risk of exposure to COVID-19 at all of its facilities, in accordance with guidelines established by provincial health worker Dr. Bonnie Henry.

Patients and staff are checked for symptoms when they arrive at the centers, the statement said.

BC Cancer has also “implemented an improved cleaning program in all of our public and clinical areas”. Steps have also been taken to reduce the number of people in its six cancer centers, for example by sending prescription drugs to patients and arranging virtual appointments.

According to BC Cancer, approximately 800 virtual visits take place across British Columbia. every day – about 70% of all assessments done by oncologists.

Meanwhile, many cancer screening services for non-symptomatic people have been temporarily suspended to curb the spread of COVID-19, the statement said. This allows the health system to focus on urgent and emerging care.

However, BC Cancer says that anyone concerned about their breast, colon or cervical health should contact their primary care provider.

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