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Harvitt
Chemo stopped in local hospital due to covid19

One of the hospitals in my local area has stopped chemo due to the covid19 outbreak. I'm wondering if other hospitals are going to alos follow suit. 

Totally understandable as it does lead to immune suppression which may lead to covid19 and I am worried if I do start 9th April (when it's at its peak if following the Italian death numbers) I'll be at a much greater risk.

A hospital locally to me said it was postponing all routine planned surgery, including cancer operations.

"Hot clinics are being set up for patients who urgently need to see a doctor", the trust said.

The hospital says chemotherapy drugs can affect patients' immune systems.

A hospital spokesman said: "These measures will help us to protect our patients, including those with Covid-19, and those with other conditions"

 

Postponing chemotherapy will help to protect our cancer patients as these intense drugs affect their immune system, making them more susceptible to contracting Covid-19

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-52022662

 

06 Jan 20 massive bleed. 7 feb 20 smear came back highly differentiated severe dyskolious. 14 Feb biopsies taken. 21st Feb cc cells found. 22 Feb 20 told poorly differentiated squamous cell. 28 Feb staged at 2a. Tumour is 2.4mm/9mm 6 March restaged at 3c due to 3 lymph node involvement - x1 2cm. 12 Mar 20 met oncologist - told me coronavirus will probably kill me before cc does. 18 March 20 pre scan booked.
Harvitt

Called today. Consultant is off sick. But oncology said they have called my consultant and he has confirmed that treatment will commence 9th April unless situation/guidelines change. 

Caught between a hard place and a rock as do I want to be immune suppressed atm? 

06 Jan 20 massive bleed. 7 feb 20 smear came back highly differentiated severe dyskolious. 14 Feb biopsies taken. 21st Feb cc cells found. 22 Feb 20 told poorly differentiated squamous cell. 28 Feb staged at 2a. Tumour is 2.4mm/9mm 6 March restaged at 3c due to 3 lymph node involvement - x1 2cm. 12 Mar 20 met oncologist - told me coronavirus will probably kill me before cc does. 18 March 20 pre scan booked.
Pleasehelp

Hi 

iv been reading your journey this morning and I wish you the best of luck !!! 

I honestly don't think they are allowed to put back treatment unless your bloods are low or infection so stay in take lots of vitamin c and you will be good to go on the 9th .. 

i appreciate how anxious you must be but I'm still seeing routine patients at my clinic !! 

Be strong and keep talking you will have good and bad days !! Always here to chat through both of these times xx

sending positive vibes xx

 

 

Harvitt

Hi pleasehelp, 

Treatment is still planned to start 9th April so here's hoping it goes ahead and I don't get covid19 before, during or after.

I believe NHS England have made priority lists and I know some cancwr treatments have been suspended for now. 

 

 

06 Jan 20 massive bleed. 7 feb 20 smear came back highly differentiated severe dyskolious. 14 Feb biopsies taken. 21st Feb cc cells found. 22 Feb 20 told poorly differentiated squamous cell. 28 Feb staged at 2a. Tumour is 2.4mm/9mm 6 March restaged at 3c due to 3 lymph node involvement - x1 2cm. 12 Mar 20 met oncologist - told me coronavirus will probably kill me before cc does. 18 March 20 pre scan booked.
Harvitt

Hi please help, 

Thank you. It's such a stressful time for everyone. 

06 Jan 20 massive bleed. 7 feb 20 smear came back highly differentiated severe dyskolious. 14 Feb biopsies taken. 21st Feb cc cells found. 22 Feb 20 told poorly differentiated squamous cell. 28 Feb staged at 2a. Tumour is 2.4mm/9mm 6 March restaged at 3c due to 3 lymph node involvement - x1 2cm. 12 Mar 20 met oncologist - told me coronavirus will probably kill me before cc does. 18 March 20 pre scan booked.
StacyJane

We have had some smaller clinics shut down. However bc i am in a major city we are still up and running. Only patients are allowed in hospital. Must wear a mask. Answer covid screening questions. Personally my mom, husband and i have been quarantined for 21 days. Doing what ever i can to stay safe. We are in Dallas, Texas. Crazy times. 

Hope you can start on the 9th. I know for me the waiting has been the worst part. Too many "what if's". Once it starts you see it is just another thing to do each day. 

newly diagnosed cc 2/11/2020

2/11  pap suspected cancer

Same day biopsy certain cc

2/17 positive for cc 

2/21 PET scan for staging

2/26 PET results stage 3C with lymph node 

3/19 first radiation therapy

First chemo scheduled 3/23

Harvitt

Its been 8 weeks of hell of waiting for treatment. Here in the UK we can wait up for 10 weeks from diagnosis. 

06 Jan 20 massive bleed. 7 feb 20 smear came back highly differentiated severe dyskolious. 14 Feb biopsies taken. 21st Feb cc cells found. 22 Feb 20 told poorly differentiated squamous cell. 28 Feb staged at 2a. Tumour is 2.4mm/9mm 6 March restaged at 3c due to 3 lymph node involvement - x1 2cm. 12 Mar 20 met oncologist - told me coronavirus will probably kill me before cc does. 18 March 20 pre scan booked.
LaurieBeth

I just wanted to commiserate on the extra pain of getti this sort of diagnosis during this COVID outbreak. i already have to wait to have my RH until May 12 because I had an intensive cone biopsy and the risk of one surgery on top of the other is too great. But the biggest wave of covid is expected now (I am in the US inAtlanta, Georgia). So, although i was relieved by getting a good scan, I now have this 36 day wait and the fear of surgery being cancelled. I am worried that it is spreading and I just want it OUT. I  trying hard to stay busy and focused on other things. But today I had to do some insurance paperwork and ended up sobbing in the backyard.

Harvitt, I am going to put good thoughts out into the universe for your treatment going totaly as planned and on schedule. The waiting is a kind of hell I would not wish on my worst enemy.

LBA 

Harvitt

Thank you Laurie Beth. We are due the hight of covid over the next week or so... It's terrifying.

At present I have pain in my left side and down my leg. Again, I want to get it done but so worried about being extra exposed. 

06 Jan 20 massive bleed. 7 feb 20 smear came back highly differentiated severe dyskolious. 14 Feb biopsies taken. 21st Feb cc cells found. 22 Feb 20 told poorly differentiated squamous cell. 28 Feb staged at 2a. Tumour is 2.4mm/9mm 6 March restaged at 3c due to 3 lymph node involvement - x1 2cm. 12 Mar 20 met oncologist - told me coronavirus will probably kill me before cc does. 18 March 20 pre scan booked.
LaurieBeth

I know. I can't believe I will have to have a massive surgery and be in a hospital for a few days right now. Scary to think I could catch this after surgery when I am already so weak. Hard to cope with the fear.

LBA 

StacyJane

Ladies these are crazy days indeed. We have been quarantined for 23 days? Just keeping busy to keep my mind off of everything going on with my diagnosis is a full time effort. Trying not to just sleep it away. This is nuts!!! But i will tell you i feel safe at my treatments. I feel like they are taking it seriously and doing all they can to keep me safe and healthy. No one can understand the hell you are going thru waiting!!! But you are not alone. And the day will be here soon. 

Harvitt- you are so close. I will be thinking of you. Hope all goes well. Sending you both good juju, love and hugs. We got this!

newly diagnosed cc 2/11/2020

2/11  pap suspected cancer

Same day biopsy certain cc

2/17 positive for cc 

2/21 PET scan for staging

2/26 PET results stage 3C with lymph node 

3/19 first radiation therapy

First chemo scheduled 3/23

LaurieBeth

I cried all morning today. I have 36 days until my surgery and this waiting....oh my goodness. I know my ten and twelve year olds are concerned about me. They know I need surgery but they do not know about the cancer yet--just a personal choice I made to keep this already scary quarantine time from being unbearable.

I am scared about the surgery, but I just want the cancer OUT and it seems like so long to wait. My oncologist assured me this wait is completely safe, but I am not feeling too trusting.

I am trying to just enjoy my sweet kiddos and make some memories in this time, but I am a single mom and I am worn out from balancing my emotions, balancing my kids' emotions over quarantine and the virus, feeding everyone three times a day, and trying to online teach 104 high school juniors. 

I wish I could have the surgery tomorrow and just move on with this process....

I am totally worn down ladies. Hard to imagine making it 36 more days with my sanity in tact.

LBA 

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