This page is updated regularly as further information becomes available
As the current situation is changing on a daily basis, we shall be using this page to post useful links and information about Coronavirus which we hope might be helpful for those with bladder cancer.
If you have bladder cancer, you may be worried about how coronavirus will affect you. You should follow the advice of your bladder cancer healthcare team, and contact them if you have concerns.
Those with cancer may be at a higher risk of infection, so please follow the advice to help reduce the risk of getting coronavirus.
DIRECT PATIENT SUPPORT
ABC UK continues to provide direct patient support by telephone or email.
Telephone: 0300 302 0085
USEFUL LINKS TO FURTHER INFORMATION
NHS Information on Coronavirus - www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
NHS 11 online - if you are showing symptoms of Coronavirus: https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19/
CANCER RESEARCH UK - useful information for cancer patients and Covid-19:
Information from BAUS (British Association of Urological Surgeons) for bladder cancer patients: www.baus.org.uk/patients/covid19_patient_information.aspx
Government Information - What you need to do: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Government guidance on shielding and protecting vulnerable persons from Covid-19: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19
Government guidance on social distancing: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults
BLADDER CANCER INFORMATION
There is a lot of information about bladder cancer on our website and we also have a range of leaflets and information sheets. All of these are available online on our Resources page www.actionbladdercanceruk.org/resources/ or we can post you printed copies.
PATIENT SUPPORT GROUPS HAVE NOW CANCELLED FORTHCOMING MEETINGS DUE TO CURRENT CONCERNS ABOUT CORONAVIRUS.
It is important to consider the vulnerability of those with bladder cancer and follow advice to socially distance or self-isolate.
Support groups have now cancelled forthcoming meetings. However, please contact the support group directly if you want to find out more - contact details are on the list of groups on our support group page: www.actionbladdercanceruk.org/find-a-support-group/ Some of the groups are still providing support by phone or email. If you are from a support group and want to let us know how you are continuing to support your group members, do let us know and we can help let people know.
A group of cancer charities have issued this information sheet about cancer patients and coronavirus (this is not specific to bladder cancer patients but you may find some useful frequently asked questions):