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Article originally published November 12, 2020.

Dealing with a cancer diagnosis and treatment is a difficult challenge, and the COVID-19 pandemic makes the situation even harder. We’ve provided some information below to help you navigate this trying time. If you have any concerns about your health or cancer treatment, contact the Cancer Care Team at 740-687-6900. 

Protect Yourself

Protect yourself from COVID-19

Know the Symptoms

COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus, and a wide range of symptoms have been reported. Below are the most common symptoms that may indicate a person has COVID-19. 

  •   Fever or chills
  •   Cough
  •   Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  •   Fatigue
  •   Muscle or body aches
  •   Headache
  •   New loss of taste or smell
  •   Sore throat
  •   Congestion or runny nose
  •   Nausea or vomiting
  •   Diarrhea

Seek immediate medical attention, if you have any of these emergency warning signs:

  •   Difficulty breathing
  •   Constant pain or pressure in your chest
  •   New disorientation
  •   Inability to wake up or stay awake
  •   Blue tint in lips or face

Stay Connected

Stay connected during COVID-19

Our Cancer Care Team is here to support you during this time. If you feel your mental health is being affected by your cancer treatment or the COVID-19 pandemic, don’t be afraid to reach out and share your feelings with a mental health professional, such as FMC’s oncology social worker, who can be reached at 740-689-4431.

To learn more about services available to cancer patients and their loved ones, click here.

Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Cancer Society, National Council on Aging