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Doctors offer advice to cancer patients amid Covid-19 concerns

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Image Courtesy Illinois CancerCare

Among those who are warned to take extra precautions during the novel Coronavirus outbreak? Cancer patients.

Not only are their immune systems compromised, health officials say they are at extreme risk for complications from Covid-19.

That's one of the reasons Illinois CancerCare is sharing this photo on social media, reminding their patients they are still working.

Illinois CancerCare staff share message on social media

In fact, they say despite the risk leaving the home, it's important cancer patients continue their treatment.

"Patients who need cancer treatments, we should make every effort to do so. If it's reasonable to delay for a week or two that's fine, but it's not in their best interest to delay for months on end," explains Madhuri Bajaj, MD with Illinois CancerCare.

But, outside of necessary appointments, they're asking patients (and others) to stay home. That's one of the main safety steps they say we all can take to stay healthy right now.

"So the social distancing is very crucial for our patients who are on active cancer treatments, whether it's an IV or a pill-based treatment. But even our cancer survivors are considered to be at a higher risk" shares Dr. Bajaj.

Illinois CancerCare remains open, treating patients

Meanwhile, some of the precautions Illinois CancerCare is taking includes screening every person entering the building, implementing a no visitors policy, utilizing telemedicine technology whenever possible, and offering curbside pharmacy pickup.

Caitlin Knute

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