Cancer and COVID-19
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. (Note: This recording was made in March 2020. Since that time, health and safety measures have changed.)
What to Expect From a Telehealth Visit
Dr. Marshall gives a brief overview of what a telehealth visit is all about.
Information From MedStar Health
About MedStar Health Video Visits
Facebook Live Events Addressing Cancer and COVID-19
Selected Resources for Self-Care Through Art & Music
Provided by the Georgetown Lombardi Arts & Humanities Program
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?View the Answer
Should Cancer Patients Take Extra Precautions?View the Answer
Are Cancer Survivors at Increased Risk from COVID-19?View the Answer
What If I Am Taking An Oral Therapy For My Cancer?View the Answer
What If I Have Recently Been Diagnosed With Cancer?View the Answer
Are Cancer Patients “Immune Compromised” and What Does That Mean?View the Answer
What If I’m Not Sure If I’m Experiencing Treatment Side-Effects or COVID-19 Symptoms?View the Answer
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.