Cancer patients about COVID-19
It is important for cancer patients and their families to know how to stay protected from COVID-19.
If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, please refer to Government of Newfoundland and Labrador COVID-19 Immunization Plan.
Are appointments at the Cancer Care Centre going ahead?
All appointments and services with the Cancer Care Program are continuing. This includes clinic appointments, screening appointments (breast and colon), treatment appointments (radiation therapy and chemotherapy), and support services.
If an appointment needs to be changed, we will contact you. Please answer telephone calls from private numbers as many Eastern Health phone numbers appear as unknown.
If you are self-isolating or experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms, please call your health-care team, so they can prepare accordingly.
- Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre, St. John’s: 709-777-6480
- Cancer Care Centre, Gander: 709-256-5545
- Cancer Care Centre, Grand Falls: Windsor 709-292-2112
- Cancer Care Centre, Corner Brook: 709-784-5476
Telephone lines are monitored Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Can I bring a support person to my appointments?
Public health guidelines request that foot traffic be limited. Patients are permitted one support person for clinic appointments. For treatment appointments we are asking that patients come alone where possible as we are limited on space.
Any support person will be screened prior to entering the facility, this person must pass the screening, must wear a mask, and follow COVID-19 guidelines while in the building. For full details, please see www.easternhealth.ca/covid19/visiting-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/.
What should I do if I can’t go to my pharmacy to get my prescriptions?
If you are unwell and cannot get to a pharmacy to obtain your cancer medications, please contact the Cancer Care Centre pharmacy team or your oncologist and we will find options to help you get you your medications.
Cancer Care Pharmacy Team: 709-777-6480 (press 5, then press 1).
What should I do if I am unwell or have questions?
If you are experiencing symptoms of a medical emergency, please call 911 or proceed to your nearest emergency department.
If you have questions regarding your cancer therapy, concerns surrounding COVID-19 or symptoms you are experiencing and whether you should go to an Emergency Room, you may call the Cancer Care Centre triage line to review your symptoms with a registered nurse:
Dr. H Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre: 709-777-6480
Telephone lines are monitored Monday to Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
My oncologist has advised me to go to the Emergency Room if I have a fever while I am on chemotherapy or other systemic therapy, what should I do?
If your oncologist has advised you to go to the Emergency Room with fever, continue to do so.
Where can I get more information?