How do you protect yourself from coronavirus if you have cancer ?

The extremely vulnerable people with cancer are more at risk of being seriously ill if they develop the COVID-19 infection.

If you are extremely vulnerable, you should stay alert to prevent yourself from getting ill. Stay aware of the numbers of infections in your area and follow the advice for extremely vulnerable people in your part of the country. In general, you should:

  • Stay at home
  • limit contact with others outside your household
  • Follow strict social distancing – stay at least 2 metres apart or 1 metre with a face covering
  • Wash your hands regularly or use a hand sanitizer alcohol gel 
  • Wear a face covering inside shops and on public transport, unless you are exempt

According to the Nigeria Center for Disease Control , right now in Nigeria, the numbers are increasing ! People in this group will need to follow particular measures called shielding. Your GP or healthcare team might ask you to shield again depending on your situation.

Cancer patients in the extremely vulnerable group include those:

  • having chemotherapy
  • having radical radiotherapy for lung cancer
  • Those with cancer of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment
  • If you are having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer
  • If you are having other targeted cancer treatments which can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors
  • Those who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs

If you are unsure what treatment you are having and whether you are in one of these groups and you are finding it difficult to speak to your care team you can use our patient navigator service , for guidance and support.

Stress Management

People can learn to manage stress and lead happier and healthier lives . Today, we are giving you some tips to assist you keep stress at bay.

1. Stay positive , this means keeping a positive attitude.
2. Accept that there are events that you cannot control. Don’t try to control everything.
3. Be assertive instead of aggressive. Assert your feelings,opinions, or what you believe in instead of becoming angry,defensive or passive.
4. Exercise .Your body can fight stress better when it is fit.
5. Eat healthy, well-balanced  meals.
6. Learn to manage your time more effectively.
7. Set limits appropriately and learn to say no to requests that would create excessive stress in your life
8. Make time for hobbies ,interests and relaxation
9. Get enough rest and sleep. Your body needs time to recover from stressful events
10. Don’t rely on alcohol ,drugs or compulsive behaviours to reduce stress. Seek out social support.
11. Spend enough time with family and friends. Don’t live  an isolated life.

*Charity  Corner*
Be someone’s Santa this Christmas !

A Brief Medical History of Mr Uzoma Ogueri

Mr Uzoma Cyril Ogueri is 60 years old, a retired civil servant. He was diagnosed of hemorrhagic stroke 4 years ago (26th October 2015). This affected his right limbs. He was placed on anti hypertensive medications and was taken to a Nursing home in Ejigbo on September 4th, 2019, however, the quality of care given to him declined and hence the need to take him back home. He was taken home on the account of a reaction which left his thigh and stomach with blisters and sore after he washed his clothes with a soap on 12th December, 2019. His health condition has resulted in him being aggressive and depressed and has refused to take his medications.

I appeal for support to help transfer my father to a better nursing home that provides quality care and offers Physiotherapy services

Would you love to support / Assist Mr Ogueri?You can reach out on our Patient Navigation Mobile:07040294659
Email: askpatientnavigator@gmail.com OR amorvard@gmail.com

Cancer support group

Private class discounted at $50

At Pink & MetaPink Stars is a support group for metastatic and early stage cancer patients we work to educate and empower our patients to connect and experience their own healing power so that they can regain a sense of control and balance, recovering the mind, body and spirit.

Our cancer support group is the patients number one choice .

We work through the treatment journey with our patients , right from the point of diagnosis as they journey through survivorship.

Need a support group to refer a patient or a friend or a family member with a cancer or diabetics diagnosis ?

Give us a call to learn more !

Healthy Eating & Holidays !

The holidays can be a tough time to stick to healthy eating goals. But if your traditions involve baking, a few simple ingredient changes can help you cut some of the sugar, fat, and calories – without sacrificing the taste. This year, make some new baking traditions by adapting your family recipes with these tips:

  • Substitute whole-wheat flour for up to half of the white flour called for in the recipe.
  • Make muffins using oatmeal, bran, or whole-wheat flour.
  • Reduce the fat by ¼ (if a recipe calls for 1 cup of oil, use ¾ cup). You can also reduce the sugar by ¼.
  • If making sweet breads, such as banana bread or zucchini bread, cut the oil in half and replace with an equal amount of applesauce, mashed banana, or even canned pumpkin.
  • If a recipe calls for nuts, use half the amount and toast the nuts (whole, not chopped). This intensifies the flavor and saves on calories.
  • Replace half the eggs with egg whites, using 2 egg whites per egg. (If a recipe calls for 2 eggs, use 1 whole egg and 2 egg whites.)
  • Grease the pan with non-stick spray instead of butter.
  • Substitute evaporated skim milk for whole milk or cream.

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