Managing Breast Cancer During COVID-19
Being affected by breast cancer can be very worrying at any time, but it is particularly stressful at the moment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are the key things you need to know about breast cancer and COVID-19.
Breast Cancer Screening and COVID-19
Cancer screening has been delayed during the COVID-19 lock down
You will be invited for a screening appointment when the program can restart safely
Remember that breast cancer screening is only for people without symptoms. If you have symptoms, you should get in touch with your doctor or specialist.
What if I Find a Lump in My Breast During COVID-19?
You should consult a doctor if you notice a lump or any other symptoms of breast cancer
Online consultations can be arranged in the first instance
You can still travel to attend medical appointments during the lock down, if necessary
Don’t attend the appointment if you develop symptoms or have to self-isolate because another member of your household is ill or if you are asked to “Shield “
Check your breasts as usual so you can spot any changes
Possible signs of breast cancer include lumps, changes in texture, discharge from the nipples, swelling, a retracted nipple, or skin dimpling , scaly or red skin on the nipple and sometimes just localized and persistent pain
Breast Cancer Treatment and COVID-19
Some breast cancer treatments may be delayed to reduce the risk to your health, but this will depend on your health and the type of treatment you need
If you’ve recently had treatments such as chemotherapy or immunotherapy then you may be at higher risk from COVID-19 as your immune system can be weakened for a while
Your doctor will inform you if you need to take extra precautions against COVID-19, which could include shielding yourself at home
Online consultations are available if you need to talk to your doctor about your treatment or any other concern