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Getting diagnosed with cancer during COVID-19

Through personal experience, my mom was diagnosed with stage IV cancer during the summer of 2020, around the highest jump in Covid-19 cases. This was concerning to the least, however, the support we received during troubling times was better than what we could have ever hoped for.

  1. Don't be afraid to reach out

Some of the best hospitals in the country offer virtual meetings. My dad easily set up a virtual call with a top professional at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. This is the top cancer hospital in the nation and the cost is high but having that option available to us was amazing. They met with one of the best cancer research doctors and had a Zoom meeting with him.

2. Talk to your doctor about the approaches you should take to remain safe

Wearing a mask and social distancing have been preached at this point but doctors may provide additional help and suggestions. My mom was recently able to receive the new, Covid-19 vaccine. It is important to speak with your medical professional beforehand in order to understand if this is the correct course of action. Certain cancers (especially those which affect the respiratory system) are more immune-system compromising than others. This is why it is important to understand your specific situation.

3. Help those who are going through this difficult process

Spending time with somebody diagnosed that you do not live with is not a safe option but with Zoom and other virtual meeting platforms, spending time with them is possible. Also preparing meals in disinfected containers and contactlessly delivering is always an appreciated gesture.

Overall, receiving help during covid has been easier than beforehand in certain aspects. Hospitals being at lowered capacity is a risk, however, virtual meetings and planning appointments ahead of time can help with lowering the risk in contracting Covid. Eventually, Covid will be over with and our lives will be back to normal but remaining smart, and calm is all that we can do for the time being.

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