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 clear what you mean that you are not ‘in remission’. However, from the information you’ve given, it doesn’t sound as if you’re in a high risk group.
The following advice from the NHS will help protect you and others.
If you are concerned about your risk it may be helpful to contact your treatment team.
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.
Breast Cancer Now Nurse
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While you’re waiting for a nurse to reply, I’ll tell you my experience. I had a mastectomy and axillary clearance in October 2018 and apparently the surgeon told me I was now free of cancer while I was still dopey (my husband remembers). I started chemotherapy in December and saw the adjuvant oncology nurse after that. She told me I was officially NED (no evidence of disease). As you didn’t have chemotherapy, your immune system wasn’t hit but it would have recovered within months anyway. And radiotherapy doesn’t affect immunity. So basically your friend is ill-informed? You’ll find this from the nurses here good reading: https://breastcancernow.org/about-us/media/statements/advice-coronavirus-people-cancer?utm_source=tw...
If you are high risk, the NHS is contacting people directly so if you’ve had no text from them today or receive no letter, you aren’t. You are however an essential and invaluable member of society right now and I hope you feel proud of what you’re doing. Stay safe xx
I had breast cancer 2017 lumpectomy and radiotherapy. My lymphnodes thank the Lord were clear.
I work as a health support worker in the community and my friend phoned me yesterday and told me that as I had not gone into remission yet I am high risk and should not be doing care in people’s homes.
please can you advise me, I wash my hands I wear my ppe and use gel.
thank you jo