These messages are for cancer patients, their whānau, household members and supporters/kai manaaki. They were written in partnership with the Cancer Control Agency and will be hosted on www.uruta.maori.nz and other main cancer related websites.
What does COVID-19 response Level 4 mean for your cancer care?
COVID-19 is serious because your body and immune system have never been exposed to it before.
If your body’s immune system has been weakened by cancer or cancer treatment (current and past) your risk of having a serious infection is higher, please take extra care.
The symptoms of COVID-19 are:
1. Fever – You may feel flushed and hot, or get hot and cold sweats (If you are taking your temperature at home, a fever is over 37.6 degrees celsius).
3. Shortness of breath.
4.Feeling tired, sore muscles or sore throat.
If you or a whānau member have symptoms or think you could have been exposed to the virus phone your doctor, the healthline team on 0800-358-5453 or your healthcare provider.
DO NOT go to any health facility without calling ahead
If you think you have some symptoms and have a scheduled treatment appointment – call ahead and let them know. They will tell you what you need to do.
It is important that you stay home and keep a safe distance from others, wash your hands regularly and no hongi, kihi and awhi.
It is also important to remember that you don’t always know if you have the virus. Whānau can feel well and still be spreading the virus.
What does COVID-19 response Level 4
mean for your cancer care?
Your Hospital Appointments
To help keep you safe and out of contact with COVID-19, hospitals are limiting clinics. Most patients will have appointments over the phone or online.
Your cancer care team will contact you to let you know if there are any appointment changes.
1. Carry on taking your cancer medicines. Your cancer care team
will talk with you about any changes to your treatment plan.
2. Your specialist can fax or scan a prescription for medication to
a pharmacy and you can pick it up from there.
There may be changes to where and how you get your blood tests.
Your cancer care team will let you know where to go for any blood tests.
Get yourself and your whanau the Flu
This may not prevent you from getting COVID-19 but it will
prevent you from getting the flu which is an important step for
If you have cancer the flu vaccination is free.
Anyone who lives in your whare should get the flu vaccination
too. Kaumatua and Kuia are free.