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Treated privately, will the nhs know?


Re: Treated privately, will the nhs know?

Hi ruthie3


Thanks for posting. 


Many people are wondering if a diagnosis of breast cancer means they are more at risk of getting the coronavirus (COVID-19).


As far as we know, the majority of people who have had breast cancer will not be at any higher risk and so can follow the advice given for the rest of the population. This includes those on hormone therapy or who have had radiotherapy to the breast and/or lymph nodes as part of their treatment.


Those who may be at higher risk include anyone with low immunity, such as people currently having chemotherapy or people who have had chemotherapy in the last three months. 


It’s not possible for us to comment on individual cases. However, the latest COVID-19 guidance suggests to stay at home and only go outside for food, health reasons or essential work which may be the category you fall into.


In the UK each of the countries has a cancer registry as mentioned by lizandsarah below.  Most data for the registers is collected directly from the hospitals so you may want to check if the hospital that you had your treatment at provides data for the cancer registry.


Having your data on the register would not mean that a specific NHS breast team will have looked at this. It sounds as though you would like to have your care transferred back to the NHS.  If this is the case, you can ask your GP as they will have information from the private hospital about your treatment so far.  Your GP would need to refer you back to an NHS breast unit.


Our webpage has more Advice on Coronavirus for people with cancer as well as some frequently asked questions from others who have had a diagnosis of breast cancer. 


The following advice from the NHS  will help protect you and others.


Do call our Helpline if you would like to talk this through or have any further questions. Your call will be confidential and the number is free from UK landlines and all mobile networks.


The number is 0808 800 6000 (Text relay prefix 18001).


Currently our opening hours are Monday to Friday 10am to 3pm, and we are closed on Saturdays.


Out of hours you can leave a message and we will call you back when we next open.


Best wishes




Breast Cancer Now Nurse


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Re: Treated privately, will the nhs know?


Saw you were still waiting for a reply. There is a national Cancer register, ask your team if you were put in it, That's the only way the NHS knew about me. Some ladies I know treated privately have had texts to say they are identified as at risk.

You sound like you are on the 3 month borderline, after everything you've been through, I wouldn't take the risk and would isolate for the 12 weeks

Hope this helps



Treated privately, will the nhs know?

Hi, I was/am being treated privately for bc, ( big mistake!) I finished chemo in Oct & rads just before Xmas.

I was told that I’d been discharged from the nhs and was wondering if they would know about me!  I ask as I know someone who finished chemo a little after me who has had the stay at home text. As my gp didn’t even know I’m a bit concerned!