Dear lymphoma community,
In an effort to protect our community and our staff from potential exposure to COVID-19 our office is closed until further notice. All staff will be working remotely to provide our services in the areas of education, support, advocacy, and research. We continue to respond to all inquiries via phone and email. We are here to help as always, so please do not hesitate to contact us.
The worldwide battle against the COVID-19 virus continues. Within Canada, our federal and provincial governments are responding with legislation and guidance to help protect Canadians as well as to provide regular updates on the impact of the virus in Canada. Topics addressed include: vaccines, financial and economic support, travel, your health, limiting the spread, and other daily updates about COVID cases in the country. This information is constantly evolving. Below we have provided links to the federal and provincial/territorial COVID-19 webpages and websites dealing with cancer patient-specific resources related to COVID-19. We recommend that you consult these pages often and follow the guidance provided therein.
The COVID-19 landscape in Canada is constantly changing with new information from the latest research. Because of the evolving nature of information surrounding COVID-19, different guidelines have been released by the provincial, territorial, and federal governments. Some guidelines take into account new research and provide specific guidance for cancer patients and their treatments, while many guidelines leave questions unanswered. To address challenges faced by the lymphoma community regarding COVID-19 and vaccine access, Lymphoma Canada continues to advocate on behalf of patients and caregivers.
- With the support of many organizations including Lymphoma Canada, a letter was sent on February 1, of this year to the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI), the Federal Minister of Health, Health Canada, and other provincial health bodies. This letter provided recommendations for dosing schedules to meet the required clinical trial timelines and advocated for the development of a pan-Canadian strategy for the collection and distribution of research and data on COVID-19 and the vaccine to guide decision-making.
- Following these efforts, NACI continued with its 4-month dose delay schedule. With recent research published, addressing the safety and immune response in cancer patients, real evidence was provided to counter NACIs decision. Our Scientific Advisory Board felt strongly that continuing our advocacy efforts to address this issue was important. With this information, Scientific Advisors and clinicians affiliated with patient groups added their support. A second follow-up letter was sent on April 1, to Provincial/Territorial Health Ministers, Chief Medical Officers, Premiers, and Public Cancer Agencies, along with Health Canada and NACI about three important challenges facing the lymphoma and cancer community.
- On April 7, NACI released a statement re-affirming their decision to continue with the 4-month dose delays. However, jurisdictions may choose to shorten the time between the first and second dose for specific populations. Certain provinces such as Ontario and Manitoba have adopted provincial guidelines to ensure normal dosing is scheduled for specific high-risk individuals. It is important to stay up-to-date with your province’s immunization plan as it could change to include your eligibility! After hearing from patients and caregivers about continued advocacy efforts, it was decided that a national awareness campaign was the next best step. Lymphoma Canada along with other patient organizations will be launching an article in the Globe & Mail that is addressed to the Prime Minister and Provincial/Territorial Health Bodies focused on the continued dose delays for cancer patients.
More advocacy work to come. We hear you; we support you!
Resources for Cancer Patients
We suggest you visit these COVID-19 Cancer Specific Resources: Support for cancer patients – COVID-19 Cancer Patient Support Hub (covid19oncologyresources.ca)
This website is intended for people in Canada living with cancer, caregivers, their families, and anyone else affected by cancer. It is regularly being updated as new developments, resources, services and assistance relating to COVID-19 and oncology change or become available.
If you are a patient with lymphoma or CLL, please do not hesitate to reach out to us for support at email@example.com
- Cancer Patient Resources
- COVID-19 and Vaccines Report
- Information for Lymphoma and CLL Patients
- Self Care and Mental Wellness
- How to Protect Yourself
- Federal Resources
- Provincial Resources
INFORMATION FOR LYMPHOMA AND CLL PATIENTS
|COVID-19 and Vaccines Report||Lymphoma Canada|
|COVID-19 and Cancer Patients (Webinar Recording)||Canadian Cancer Society|
|COVID-19 Cancer Patient Support||All.Can|
|Anxiety & Stress Management webinar||Lymphoma Canada|
|Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic||Centre for Addiction and Mental Health|
|Mental health and psychosocial considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak||World Health Organization|
|Self-care Guide||Government of Quebec|
|Tips for Managing Anxiety During the COVID-19 Pandemic||The Globe & Mail, March 16, 2020|
|How to Meditate||Mindful.org|
|Mental Health Tips for Working from Home||Government of Canada|
|Coronavirus disease and food safety||Government of Canada|
|Wellness Together Canada||Federal Mental Health and Substance Use Support|
|Resource Hub: Mental health and wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic||Mental Health Commission of Canada|
|BounceBack Ontario free mental health program||Canadian Mental Health Association|
|Know the Difference: Self-Monitoring, Self-Isolation and Isolation for COVID-19||Government of Canada|
|Hand washing guide||Government of Canada|
|When and how to wear medical masks||World Health Organization|
|How to protect yourself from coronavirus when grocery shopping||Consumer Reports|
|Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Myth busters (WHO)||World Health Organization|
|Sanitizing the home if someone is sick||Centers for Disease Control and Prevention|
|Caring for family members with COVID-19||Government of Canada|
|Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak updates, symptoms, prevention, travel, preparation – Canada.ca||Public Health Agency of Canada|
|Vaccines and treatments for COVID-19: Progress – Canada.ca||COVID-19 Vaccine Information|
|Recommendations for Prioritization of Key Populations for COVID-19 Immunization||Government of Canada|