As you are aware, the situation with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic is ever evolving. COCA is working hard to provide our community with relevant information and resources to help everyone during this unprecidented time.
Please check this page frequently for updated information and resouces.
What Cancer Patients Need to Know
The National Foundation for Cancer Research has provided some great resources for cancer patients related to COVID-19.
The webinar linked below offers helpful information on the implications of COVID-19 and flu for cancer patients.
Are all cancer patients at risk?
Patients with blood malignancies such as non-Hodgkin lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, acute myeloid leukemia, acute lymphoblastic leukemia and multiple myeloma are most at risk.
Also at risk: those in active treatment for any type of cancer and those who have undergone bone marrow transplants.
(Active treatment is usually defined as surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and other treatments such as immunotherapies.)
Want a great overview of what you need to know about COVID-19?
Check out this video with Infectious Disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci
(March 26, 2020 interview with Trevor Noah).
Protecting your Emotional Health
On March 31, 2020, COCA Program Director Katlyn Von Muenster will present a webinar on coping with COVID-19 & cancer. You'll find a link to the recorded presentation below.
Katlyn has created a great list of resources that you can access below.
A cancer diagnosis - regardless of its stage - is traumatic and anxiety producing. Now we all (survivors, caregivers, family and friends) are dealing with the uncertainty of a pandemic and its effect on our daily lives. We're adjusting to a new normal and don't know how long it might last.
In our newsletter (linked below) are some resources for coping with uncertainty and the stress that accompanies these unusual times.
Melanie Stachelski, MA who is a Cancer Counselor and Psychotherapist with Colorado Cancer Counseling (and leader of COCA's Nicki's Circle Central Support Group) has created a wonderful resource with beneficial tips for coping in her recent article:
How cancer survivors are uniquely prepared to deal with the emotional turmoil of COVID19
In the strangest way, cancer survivors are uniquely prepared to deal with the emotional turmoil of Coronavirus because they have already faced many of the issues that our society is now grappling with:
Fear of an unknown (and often invisible threat)
Feeling overwhelmed, disoriented, and anxious
Hypervigilance about viruses and germs
The loss of your sense of safety and predictability in the world
Isolation and the contraction of your social life
A dark uncertainty about the future
We are here for you
If what you are feeling seems bigger than the techniques provided in our newsletter can support, we are here to help.
If you are an ovarian cancer survivor or caregiver, we are available to talk by phone with you about the emotional challenges of cancer and COVID-19. Contact us at 720-724-8612 or firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a time to connect, or fill out our Consent to Contact form and we will follow up with you. Our “professional mentors” are master’s level counselors trained as part of our Individual Support Program (ISP).
All Nicki's Circle Support Groups are now taking place by phone. You can find the schedule and information about participating here: Nicki's Circle
You are not alone! We are here for you!