Cancer and COVID-19

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A Message from Louis M. Weiner, MD, Georgetown Lombardi Director

We are committed to providing our patients with the most appropriate care during the outbreak of COVID-19. It’s understandable if you are concerned or confused about what measures you should take, both for yourself or your loved ones, during these uncertain times. I hope you find the resources on this page useful. We will be adding new information as it becomes available.

Resources for Patients Being Treated at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and Georgetown Lombardi

When You Call or Visit Your Provider

John L. Marshall, MD, chief, Division of Hematology/Oncology at Georgetown Lombardi, has created videos explaining what patients may experience when they call or visit their providers.

Preparing for Your Next Clinic Visit

Dr. Marshall explains procedures MedStar and Georgetown have instituted to ensure your safety while you receive the best care possible.

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What to Expect From a Telehealth Visit

Dr. Marshall gives a brief overview of what a telehealth visit is all about.

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Information From MedStar Health

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About MedStar Health Video Visits

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COVID-19: What People with Cancer Need to Know

Nutrition Tips for Cancer Patients (en español)


Facebook Live Events Addressing Cancer and COVID-19

Crisis, Spirituality & Faith

Tune in here as cancer specialist John Marshall, MD, Reverend Camille Cook & Imam Yahya Hendi, discuss maintaining faith & spirituality in the face of any crisis. The Ruesch Center for the Cure of Gastrointestinal Cancers

Posted by Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center on Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Cancer & Telehealth During COVID-19

Tune in here as cancer specialists John Marshall, MD, and Claudine Isaacs, MD, discuss getting the most out of your telehealth appointment. The Ruesch Center for the Cure of Gastrointestinal Cancers

Posted by Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center on Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Cancer & Self-Care During COVID-19

Tune in here as cancer specialist Dr. John Marshall and his guest, Dr. Aviad Haramati, discuss strategies for managing stress and improving resilience amid COVID-19.

Posted by Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center on Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Tune in here as cancer specialist Dr. John Marshall answers your questions on COVID-19's impact on cancer patients and survivors. The Ruesch Center for the Cure of Gastrointestinal Cancers

Posted by Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center on Monday, March 30, 2020

Tune in here as cancer specialist Dr. John Marshall, and oncology dietitian Rachel Wong answers questions and discusses…

Posted by Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center on Monday, April 6, 2020

Selected Resources for Self-Care Through Art & Music

Provided by the Georgetown Lombardi Arts & Humanities Program

AHP artist-in-residence Matt Peroutka plays soothing guitar music

Have you seen AHP artist-in-residence Matt Peroutka around the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital playing his therapeutic guitar music? Matt has a passion for playing guitars, and he has been doing that for more than 50 years. Matt became a Certified Music Practicision in 2011 and began working in hospitals shortly after. Please enjoy his music and if inclined, share with friends and family memebers you think could benefit from his soothing music.

Posted by Georgetown Lombardi Arts & Humanities Program on Sunday, April 19, 2020

NEW Art Project (for all ages) from AHP artist-in-residence Jennifer Wilkin Penick: COLLAGE LANDSCAPESDetails in post

Posted by Georgetown Lombardi Arts & Humanities Program on Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions From Cancer Patients and Survivors

Dr. Marshall addresses some of the questions he and his Georgetown Lombardi colleagues have been hearing most often from current cancer patients and survivors.

What if I’m Undergoing Active Treatment?

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Should Cancer Patients Take Extra Precautions?

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Are Cancer Survivors at Increased Risk from COVID-19?

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What If I Am Taking An Oral Therapy For My Cancer?

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What If I Have Recently Been Diagnosed With Cancer?

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Are Cancer Patients “Immune Compromised” and What Does That Mean?

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What If I’m Not Sure If I’m Experiencing Treatment Side-Effects or COVID-19 Symptoms?

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Resources for Cancer Patients and Survivors

Please Note: The guidance on this page is provided for educational purposes only, and is not a substitution for the advice of your treating physician or other health care professional. We encourage you to speak with your doctor about all individual cancer care decisions. 

Helping Neck Breathers Cope With the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advised people to wear cloth masks in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. For the laryngectomees (100,000 in the U.S.), who breathe through a permanent opening in the neck after their vocal cords have been surgically removed (usually because of throat cancer), cloth face masks are of little use. An alternative means of protecting their “stoma” is needed. Itzhak Brook, MD, MSc, adjunct professor pediatrics at Georgetown University Medical Center, who lost his vocal cords in 2008 following a diagnosis of throat cancer, offers specific recommendations for neck breathers who need an alternative to traditional face masks.

Cancer.Net Coronavirus 2019: What People With Cancer Need to Know

Cancer.Net Common Questions About Coronavirus 2019 and Cancer (updated daily)

ASCO COVID-19 Patient Care Information

National Cancer Institute Coronavirus: What People with Cancer Should Know

Cancer Support Community Helpline for Cancer Support and Other Virtual Resources

CDC Preventing Infections in Cancer Patients
(Spanish language version)