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.

Book an appointment for your COVID PCR test

In Nigeria, social distancing is a luxury many can’t afford because more than half of the population depend on daily income for survival.

The bone of contention here is, outside of community efforts like social distancing and wearing masks, how we fare against the coronavirus do not only rely on the ability of our medical professionals to handle sick patients but also in the diagnostics ! Do people have access to best laboratory services ? What treatments are available and do they work ?

We can help you book an appointment for your COVID PCR test today. Home collection of samples is at a pocket friendly price for premium service.

We rely on state of the art equipment and the expertise of our staff and partnering diagnostic center to deliver accurate results and within a *24 hour Turn Around Time* for many of our tests, particularly COVID-19.

We assist with your payment registration on the Lagos State biobank website at no extra cost and follow up with you through out your continuum to ensure you experience the best of laboratory services.

Also, we are equipped to provide both home and drive-through services to interested customers.  The options are available when you sign in and consent to our navigation services.

When we make effort to get tested , we are demonstrating not only how we can effectively approach protecting our most vulnerable but also how protecting our most vulnerable can protect us.

Need a Patient Navigator to walk with you through your COVID-19 continuum, call us at 07040294659

Stay safe and remember to wash your hands and wear a mask