Summary of COVID-19 medicines guidance: Cancers

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

This page has been put together rapidly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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:

NHS England/NHS Improvement: Management of non-coronavirus cancer patients

Published 23rd March 2020

Our summary:

  • Guidance on the management of cancer patients to make best use of NHS resources whilst maximising patient and staff safety
  • Supports clinicians on treatment decision-making and prioritisation, and informs conversations with patients on treatment plans

 

NICECOVID-19 rapid guideline: delivery of radiotherapy

Published 28th March 2020

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 27th April 2020

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 [updated 27th April 2020]

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 8th April 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 13th May 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