BC Cancer says cancer treatments will continue in the province, despite the challenges posed by COVID-19.
“Cancer journeys have not stopped and neither have we,” says Dr. Kim Nguyen Chi, vice president and chief medical officer at BC Cancer.
“We are here to support patients and provide the best patient-centered care we can. We are here for patients, every step of the way.”
BC Cancer says it has taken steps to prevent risk of exposure to COVID-19 at all of its facilities.
Patients and staff are being assessed for symptoms when they arrive, and there is enhanced cleaning at all clinics and the areas access by the public.
“We have taken steps to reduce the number of people who need to come to the centres by mailing prescription medications to patients and conducting virtual health appointments,” he said.
Across the province approximately 800 virtual visits take place every day.
However, many cancer screening services for non-symptomatic people have been temporarily suspended to minimize COVID-19 transmissions and to free up resources for urgent care.
Anyone concerned about their breast, colon or cervical health should connect with a primary care provider, BC Cancer adds.
BC Cancer operates six centres and provides approximately 36,000 oncologist consultations and 64,000 IV chemotherapy treatment every year.