I AM WORRIED I HAVE SYMPTOMS OF CANCER, SHOULD I SEE MY GP?
Friday 27th March 2020
I am worried that I have symptoms of cancer. Should I contact my GP?
- It is important that you contact your GP if you have worrying symptoms
- Majority of GP surgeries are offering telephone and online consultations, in order to reduce-face to-face contact. However, if they feel appropriate to do so, they may ask you to come to the surgery for further assessment, or, make a decision over the phone or online to guide further investigations and management if they feel you are at risk of cancer.
I have been referred by my GP with suspected cancer. Should I attend my appointment?
- You will initially receive a telephone call from the Hospital and an assessment will be carried out over the phone. Depending on the outcome of the assessment you will then be referred for tests where appropriate, or be given an appointment.
- Ensure you do not attend any appointment if you have symptoms of coronavirus (as mentioned above: a temperature of more than 37.8 and/or a new continuous cough) and let the clinic know as soon as possible so they can plan accordingly.
- Those at high risk from coronavirus due to underlying health conditions have been contacted by the NHS advising them to follow shielding measures. If you are in one of these high risk groups please contact your provider and let them know. Do not attend the appointment without doing so first. They may be able to conduct the assessment over the phone.
- Please don’t arrive excessively early for any appointments
- Consider waiting outside, such as in your car, prior to your appointment, in order to minimise the time spent within the hospital
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitizer
- Only bring essential visitors to accompany you, such as close relatives and carers
If I am diagnosed with cancer, will my treatment be affected?
- Most hospitals have started to use more telephone consultations as a way of helping people to avoid long waits in clinics and for treatment.
- You may be called to arrange your treatments in this way, and planned treatments may need to be moved to help with running hospital service.
- In the event of any disruption, hospitals will make a decision to prioritise care for those most in need. They will contact you to let you know any impact this may have on your care.
- The clinical team providing your care are best placed to speak with you about the impact covid-19 may have on your treatments and appointments. They will work with you to determine the best and safest course of action.
- One Cancer Voice: Guidance for Cancer Patients on COVID-19. Guidance developed in Partnership with NHS England. Published: 24.03.2020.
This article was accurate as of the 27th March 2020.