The following information has been provided by the Cancer Control Agency (3 April 2020)
The COVID-19 pandemic is particularly challenging for those living with cancer, especially those undergoing active cancer therapy, and their whānau.
The Cancer Control Agency has been working closely with cancer treatment services to ensure they continue to be able to provide the best possible care for patients during the different Alert Levels of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Cancer Control Agency have provided advice to DHBs that cancer services should be continuing at this time.
Patients may notice some changes, including virtual consults or changes to treatment delivery to keep them out of hospital. Clinicians will discuss any changes with patients.
Please be aware that there may be occasional local disruptions to treatment due to the specific site issues (such as staff being required to self-isolate) but centres are working hard at both prevention and mitigation strategies to minimise disruption.
This pandemic has the potential to impact New Zealand and its health system for an extended period of time. Take care of yourselves, your people and their families. He waka eke noa, we are all in this together.
You can find advice for people living with cancer on the Ministry of Health website. This will be updated as the situation changes.