I have symptoms of cancer what should I do during the coronavirus outbreak?

Contact your doctor if you notice a change that isn't normal for you or you have possible symptoms of cancer. Spotting cancer early means treatment is more likely to be successful.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and cancer

You might be asked to stay at home and avoid social contact (shielding). Find out what to do if you have cancer and develop coronavirus symptoms.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and cancer treatment

Where possible, your doctors will aim to continue with treatments such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgery. But they might need to change your treatment or prioritise certain treatments over others.

Coping with cancer during the coronavirus outbreak

Coping with a diagnosis of cancer is difficult. For many, the coronavirus is an extra concern and worry. Help and support is available and there are things you can do to help yourself.

Cancer screening and coronavirus (COVID-19)

The UK has three cancer screening programmes for breast, bowel and cervical cancer. Because of COVID-19, invitations and follow-up appointments are being delayed.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and advanced cancer

For people with advanced cancer and who are approaching the end of life, coronavirus is making a difficult time even more challenging.

Living well with cancer during the coronavirus pandemic

You can feel more in control of your health when you have cancer by trying to eat a balanced diet, staying physically active and looking after your mental wellbeing.

Updates on our science blog

The latest news, views and opinions from Cancer Research UK about coronavirus and cancer

Staying healthy at home

This page is for people without cancer. Get tips on healthy eating, staying active and stopping smoking during lockdown. 

Last reviewed: 
13 May 2020
Next review due: 
12 Jun 2020

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