We know that people affected by cancer may be feeling heightened concern about COVID-19.

For information on how the current COVID-19 level is affecting the Cancer Society's services, please visit our COVID-19 Updates page.

If you are having or have recently had treatment for cancer 

People with cancer should continue to follow any specific advice or standard precautions recommended by their treatment team to minimise their risk of infection, during and after treatment. 

Keep attending your appointments. 

Your treatment team will give you information about the virus, what to do if you feel unwell, and the steps to take if you do get sick.

If you get a fever (temperature of 38°C or above) while on chemotherapy, you should follow the instructions your treatment team has given you for this situation.

People with neuroendocrine cancers (NETs)

New Zealand patients with neuroendocrine cancers (NETs) who have been unable to access regular treatment in Australia due to COVID-19 will now be treated in Auckland thanks to an interim arrangement.

Covid-19 vaccine and cancer

We know that people affected by cancer and their family/whānau will be anxious about whether they should be vaccinated, and when and where they will be able to receive the vaccine.

Te Aho o te Kahu (the Cancer Control Agency) have put together some Frequently Asked Questions for people with cancer about the Covid-19 vaccines.

Our medical director, Dr Chris Jackson spoke with UK oncologist Dr Sanjay Popat about vaccines and the pandemic to highlight the importance of protecting people with cancer.

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/embed/m-BHDS5JY3g?autoplay=0&modestbranding=1&rel=0

It is strongly recommended that you get vaccinated against influenza this year. Dual infections with different viruses are possible and are more likely to cause more serious illness.

Please also get a pneumococcal booster if you are due for one – ask your doctor or nurse specialist if these are suitable for you.

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We know that going through cancer is tough and can raise many questions. You are not alone.

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Last updated: August 24, 2021