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). It’s understandable you are concerned as you are currently on treatment and have a slightly low white blood count. People with reduce immunity may be more at risk of becoming seriously ill if they do develop COVID-19.
You’ll see from this information about coronavirus and cancer that some clinicians may advise people in this group to avoid crowded environments, limit social interaction and maintain the other general advice from the NHS about hand hygiene etc.
We are not aware of any further specific advice for those on treatment who have school age children in schools that are currently remaining open. You can contact your treatment team to ask if there is anything else you need to consider.
I’m not sure why you think you would not be considered for a bed in intensive care should this be necessary. If it’s because of your secondary diagnosis, having a secondary breast cancer diagnosis doesn’t mean an intensive care bed wouldn’t be considered (unless someone had clear instructions, they did not want this).
If you need to speak to someone other than your specialist, do call 111 if you are in England, Wales or Northern Ireland. If you are in Scotland call your GP surgery or 111 (NHS 24) if surgery is closed.
Do also 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).
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I have bone and liver mets & am currently on Capecitabine.
I have kids age 11 & 6 who are going in to school. Wondering about the risk of this, given the rising number of community cases.
I’m clearly not going to be a priority for ICU care if the hospitals are full, so I am keen to minimise my chances of getting Coronavirus.
Any thoughts? My WCC is slightly low.