Cancer services are open

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Monday, 30 November, 2020

Cancer services are still running. If you have worrying symptoms, get them checked. If you have a hospital appointment, it's safe to go.

The pandemic is making major demands on the NHS. But other services are still operating. If you have symptoms like blood in your urine or poo, if you're coughing up blood or if you find a lump in your breast, get it checked out. The longer you leave it, the harder it can be to treat any cancer - and in any case, it may not be cancer at all.

You may also worry that you may get infected with covid if you go to a hospital. But hospitals have changed the way they work to keep patients with covid separate from others. So there's no need to dellay any tests or treatment.

In the two videos below, hospital staff explain how hospitals are currently working - and stress you shouldn't wait till after the pandemic if you need tests or treatment now.

Cancer Won't Wait for Covid

Patients and clinical staff share a vital message about the importance of catching cancer early. It includes a couple of amazing stories from patients who have accessed essential services during the pandemic.

Keeping cancer patients safe during Covid 19

Hear from patients and hospital staff about all the safety measures in place across north east London to keep cancer services running and to keep you safe during the pandemic. It's essential for people to keep their appointment.

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