Many cancer patients have had treatments cancelled, delayed, reduced and altered because of the potential threat of catching coronavirus but also because they did actually contract the virus. The psychological impact of shielding will be significant. People have had to receive bad news and had protracted stays in hospital acutely unwell without loved ones. At home many people are developing significant anxiety and depression as result of shielding and are already very frightened of adjusting to life after lockdown. Many people have felt very vulnerable about the reminder of cancer even though their cancer was treated years ago. As a result, people are losing social confidence and anxious about risk of exposure to coronavirus and how they will cope after lockdown.
Even though your local centre is not open yet, we want to let you know that we are still here for you. We’re still able to provide support to those who need us whether it be an individual with cancer or their family and friends.
- Our online community is part of the cancer support we provide at Maggie’s. Alongside our centres, it’s a space for anyone with or worried about cancer to share experiences and ask questions. https://community.maggiescentres.org/home
- Our support is also available via phone, email or video call and our Centre Fundraising Manager, Gemma McKnight, would be more than happy to arrange for one of our Psychologists, Benefits Advisors or Cancer Support Specialists to speak with someone that needs our support. To contact her please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07753 136 178