Summary of COVID-19 medicines guidance: Cancers

Sarah Fenner, Acting Co-Director, Midlands and East Medicines Advice Service (Midlands site) & UK Drugs in Lactation Advisory ServicePublished

This page summarises and signposts to medicine related guidance we’re aware of from professional and government bodies relating to coronavirus and cancers.

Our advice is constantly reviewed as the pandemic situation evolves.

Whilst we have tried to ensure that the information on this page is complete, please report a concern if you feel anything is omitted or inaccurate. 

To see our professional guidance summaries for other clinical areas, click here

Advice in this area includes:

NICECOVID-19 rapid guideline: delivery of radiotherapy

Last updated 12th February 2021

Our summary:

  • The purpose of this guideline is to maximise the safety of patients who need radiotherapy and make the best use of NHS resources, while protecting staff from infection.

NICECOVID-19 rapid guideline: delivery of systemic anticancer treatments

Last updated 12th February 2021

Our summary:

  • The purpose of this guideline is to maximise the safety of patients with cancer/ who need radiotherapy and make the best use of NHS resources, while protecting staff from infection.
  • Includes interim treatment options to allow greater flexibility in the management of cancer during Covid-19 pandemic
  • Includes recommendations following review of evidence on the effects of systemic cancer treatments on the risk of severe illness or death in patients with cancer and COVID-19

Royal College of Radiologists: Covid-19 Resources

Last updated 6th May 2020

Our summary:

  • Advice on the management of different cancer types during Covid-19 pandemic
  • Resources produced aim to facilitate national discussion and the sharing of expert opinion

Melanoma Focus – COVID-19 Information for Healthcare Professionals

Last updated 9th June 2020

Our summary:

  • Information for health care professionals and patients on the management of melanoma during Covid-19 pandemic

MacmillianPatient information on coronavirus and cancer

Our summary:

  • Health information and advice for cancer patients.
  • Includes information on shielding for vulnerable patients and impact on cancer treatments

Cancer Research UK: Patient information on coronavirus (COVID-19) and cancer

Last updated 16th September 2020

Our summary:

  • The above link to CRUK provides health advice for cancer patients including outlining shielding advice for vulnerable cancer patients
  • Includes information on the continuation of chemotherapy and other cancer treatments

 

Administration update (25th February 2021): administrative amendments made to the page only.