New podcast series explores common issues for cancer patients during COVID-19 pandemic

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Cancer Council NSW is launching a new series of its popular podcasts, this time focused on the most common issues for cancer patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Called Cancer and COVID-19, the series features health professionals from our 13 11 20 service and explores some of the most common questions they’ve been asked by patients and carers navigating a cancer diagnosis through the pandemic.

Three episodes are available now, covering:

  • Coping with Isolation and Cancer during COVID-19: What does social distancing mean for people affected by cancer? How can you stay connected with your support circle? 13 11 20 consultant Yvonne King discusses how you can feel less isolated.
  • Telehealth for Cancer: What is telehealth and when is it being used for cancer care? 13 11 20 consultant Karen Robinson explains how you can get the most out of your telehealth appointments.
  • Cancer Treatment during COVID-19: How will the COVID-19 pandemic impact your treatment process? And what can you do to stay safe? 13 11 20 consultant Brenda Clasquin talks about how to manage your cancer treatment during the pandemic.

Elizabeth Humphries, Cancer Information Unit Manager at Cancer Council NSW, is proud to offer this new way of supporting people around Australia during the pandemic.

“We know from the feedback we’re receiving from the community that COVID-19 is creating extra challenges and uncertainty for those affected by cancer,” said Elizabeth Humphries. “Some callers to our 13 11 20 Information and Support Service are finding it hard to decipher what new information and changing restrictions mean for their own situation.

“Our 13 11 20 consultants featured in the podcast do a great job of breaking down the range of COVID-19 information out there and how it affects people with cancer. They have been talking to callers about the impacts of COVID-19 for weeks and explore these specific issues and concerns in the podcast. Even as restrictions start to ease for the wider community, many people with cancer will still need to take extra care. We hope the targeted information will alleviate some of the anxiety that accompanies uncertainty and will make things a little less stressful for people with cancer at this time.”

Three episodes of the COVID-19 and Cancer podcast are available on our website here, as well as via Apple Podcasts, Spotify and other podcasting apps


Source: Cancer Council NSW

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