COVID-19 and Cancer - Information and Updates
Updated as of 27 October 2021
Some people aged 12 and over who are severely immunocompromised are eligible to receive a third primary dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, and the Ministry of Health is recommending this additional dose to give people their best possible protection. A prescription must be provided by a GP or Specialist before people who are severely immunocompromised can access a third primary dose. Full details are on the Ministry of Health website. We recommend you talk to your GP about whether you are eligible.
If you require information about the current Alert Level for your region and what it means to your everyday living situation, visit the official government Covid website for more information.
Cancer centres around the country are prepared to continue delivering essential cancer services at all alert levels.
Te Aho o Te Kahu (Cancer Control Agency) has listed relevant information for each alert level which you can read on their website: https://teaho.govt.nz/cancer/covid19
Vaccine and Cancer
If you were concerned about if the vaccine will interact with your cancer treatments, the message from Te Aho o Te Kahu (Cancer Control Agency) is "that there is not currently any evidence to suggest that the COVID-19 vaccine interacts with cancer treatments. Decisions around timing of the vaccine are about maximising how effective the vaccine is, rather than concerns around how it will interact with cancer treatments." Download the information PDF here
Your first point-of-call for your NETs or other health related issues, is still the specialist healthcare professionals you would normally contact. If your specialist is not able to assist, and you have something NETs related that you wish to discuss, get in touch with either Avril or Lesley.
Look after yourself
The impact of COVID-19 and the lockdown restrictions on those in our NET community may leave you, and those around you feeling additional stress, anxiety and emotionally vulnerable. We want to remind you to be gentle with yourself and others, and take the time to engage in all the things that you would normally do to keep yourself well, both physically and mentally. Regular exercise, getting a daily dose of fresh air, eating well and connecting with others is so important for you and those in your bubble right now. If you wish to connect with other Unicorns in our Facebook Group, click here to join and post your question, joke, favourite recipe, game or comment to get a conversation started :)
Below are some information links to resources that you might find relevant. Please note; some of the sites that have come from international sources may provide information that is not suitable for New Zealanders.
Be safe and kia kaha!
COVID-19 and Cancer Information and Resources
Website: Cancer Control Agency, Ministry of Health, NZ: Cancer and COVID-19
Video: Cancer Society NZ Medical Director, Dr Chris Jackson: Covid-19 Update 26.03.20
Webpage: Canopy Care Centre, NZ: COVID-19 Patient Q&A
Webpage: COVID-19 for MEN (AMEND, UK)
Webpage: COVID-19 Outbreak (Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation, USA)
Video: Prof. Newell-Price talks about COVID-19 and NETs/MEN (Sheffield, UK)
Webpage: Cancer and Coronavirus - Coping with a Double Challenge (Union for International Cancer Control)
Helpful Apps - Support for your wellbeing
Headspace: This app offers support specifically for cancer patients, plus they have a general subscription service if you are interested in continuing with their programme. The free COVID support is really good.
Take a deep breath: The Calm app features meditation, sleep aid, gentle movement and stretching and music designed to help you focus, relax and sleep - all good techniques for everyday life, but especially when dealing with COVID-19.
Just a thought: The course will teach you how to support your mental and emotional health through learning how to look after your worry and choose behaviours that will help you and your whānau stay on track. Just a thought is a NZ initiative.
General COVID-19 Information
NZ Government official webpage: https://covid19.govt.nz/
World Health Organisation: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
Disclaimer: The information regarding COVID-19 that is provided on this website is a collection of resources from New Zealand and international sources that Unicorn Foundation NZ (UFNZ) deem appropriate. UFNZ will not take any responsibility for inaccuracies in information. If you require specific information or advice to your NETs, please seek assistance from your specialist centre.