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Teacher, cancer and shielding?

16 Oct 2020 22:13


i wondered if anyone had any advice? I was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, I had chemo which finished in jan, mastectomy end of jan, radiotherapy in April and just finished herceptin. I am a teacher in a large secondary school and we've had many confirmed cases within school both students and staff. The advice on shielding being paused means I am expected to be at work but it doesn't feel sensible after shielding since March. Is anyone in similar situation? What are you doing? Thanks

Teacher, cancer and shielding?

17 Oct 2020 18:29 in response to Natedog

Are you not still signed off ...

Teacher, cancer and shielding?

17 Oct 2020 18:35 in response to paulind

No, I've finished treatment and am otherwise well. Just worried about Covid.

Teacher, cancer and shielding?

17 Oct 2020 20:58 in response to Natedog

Hello Natedog, 

I can understand why you would want to know for certain whether you should be shielding or not given your circumstances. It might also depend on where you are living in the UK too and whether you happen to be in a high risk area. It is mentioned on our coronavirus shielding advice page that if you happen to be living in a very high alert level area, you might be asked to shield again and the government normally writes to you to ask to shield. So it will depend on the Covid Alert Level in your local area. You can find more detailed guidance on shielding on the government website on this page. I hope that you will hear from other teachers who find themselves in a similar situation. As there have been many confirmed cases within your school both amongst students and staff, it would maybe be a good idea - especially as you worried about this - to talk to your doctor and ask whether you are at an increased risk working in an environment where the virus is actively circulating. 

I hope this is helpful and that you find out more soon about what the best thing to do in your current situation would be. 

Best wishes, 

Lucie, Cancer Chat Moderator

Teacher, cancer and shielding?

17 Oct 2020 21:23 in response to Natedog

Talk to the doc you should have an open line