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COVID-19 Information for health professionals in cancer care

Up-to-date COVID-19 resources for health professionals in cancer care.

The global COVID-19 pandemic is an evolving situation. Updates to this page will be made as the situation develops.

Provincial Cancer Clinical Management Guidelines in Pandemic Situation (COVID-19)

Current version dated: August 4, 2020


During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is very likely that clinical care will need to be prioritized, deferred and reduced due to capacity issues from health care worker absence and decreased efficiency.

This document is intended as a guidance document to provide recommendations for determining priority for consultation, assessment, and treatment of patients with cancer in the event that the COVID-19 outbreak disrupts access to health care resources.

These guidelines can be used in the event of an activation of an Emergency Management Plan in one or more regional cancer centres. This guideline can also serve as recommendations to the provincial community oncology network clinics and other health authorities delivering cancer care.

In addition to the clinical management guidelines outlined here, the BC Cancer staff will follow the guidelines sent out by PHSA, BC Cancer, Employee Wellness and Infection Control.

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Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines

(Surgical/AGMP/Dental/Nasopharyngoscopy/Nebulized) 

Current version dated: June 25, 2020

The purpose of this document is to provide infection prevention and control guidance for the management of procedures done in a surgical setting at BC Cancer.

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Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines for Management of Surgical Patients Requiring AGMPs During the COVID-19 Pandemic‎

Current version dated: May 26, 2020

The purpose of this document is to provide infection prevention and control guidance for the management of dental and oral oncology patients at BC Cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is meant to be used with existing dental, workplace health and infection prevention and control policies, procedures, and guidelines.

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Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines for the Management of Dental and Oral Oncology Patients‎

‎Current version dated: July 8, 2020

The purpose of this document is to provide guidance for the management of patients requiring nebulized therapy especially in a shared open concept space with no engineering controls in an emergency situation (e.g. due to chemotherapy drug reaction).


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Nebulized Therapy during the COVID-19 Pandemic Practice Guide

Current version dated: June 4, 2020

The purpose of this document is to provide infection prevention and control guidance for nasopharyngoscopy for patients at BC Cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is meant to be used with workplace health and infection prevention and control policies, procedures, and guidelines.

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Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines for Nasopharyngoscopy Procedure‎

Tumour Group Clinical Guidelines

‎Current version dated: April 1, 2020

These guidelines are organized by tumour site and make recommendations regarding how patients should be treated in light of cancer surgery delays or cancellations.
The guidelines are intended to provide general directions and case-by-case multidisciplinary review is highly recommended.

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BC Cancer Tumour Group Clinical Guidelines in COVID-19 Setting of Reduced Access to Cancer Surgeries

‎Current version dated: May 4, 2020

The purpose of this document is to provide tumour group recommendation on prioritization level appropriate alterations in treatment for each indication if a centre needs to start restricting access to particular priority.

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BC Cancer Tumour Group Specific Prioritization and Mitigation Recommendations during COVID-19 Pandemic

Serious Illness Care Program

‎Current version dated: April 3, 2020

The Serious Illness Care Program is a well-established method of how to engage in meaningful discussions with patients and families. In regular circumstances, clinicians are encouraged to attend a 3-hour training session, & read through the 20 pg companion guide. In the current climate, we recognize this isn’t possible for most clinicians.

If you need to start using this guide right now – please read the resource page (below).

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Serious Illness Care Program - Reference Guide for Clinicians: COVID-19 Adaptation

Current version dated: April 3, 2020
 

The purpose of this scripted guide is to discuss potential outcomes of possible COVID-19 infection with at risk adults prior to a health crisis.

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Serious Illness Conversation Guide - COVID-19 Adaptation

Personal Protective Equipment

Current version dated: June 15, 2020

The Ministry of Health has issued a framework for the use of PPEs in health care settings. The primary motivation behind the creation of this framework is to ensure best practice Infection Control and Prevention (IPAC) practices while ensuring PPE is preserved and use where it is most needed and clinically appropriate.

A procedure has been created for the application of these new PPE guidelines for BC Cancer. Please review these guidelines carefully.

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Application of COVID-19 PPE Framework for BC Cancer

Current version dated: April 14, 2020

The intention of this document is to provide staff with clear directions in reprocessing eye protection in order to extend use and re-use. Reprocessing of eye protection requires clear guidelines for cleaning, disinfection, storage and reuse.

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Reprocessing of Eye Protection Equipment Procedure‎

Current version dated: May 27, 2020

This procedure outlines the steps for donning and doffing of non-standard personal protective equipment (PPE) used when performing aerosol generated medical procedures (AGMPs) on suspect and confirmed COVID-19 cases.

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Safe Donning and Doffing of Non-Standard Personal Protective Equipment for Aerosol Generating Medical Procedures Performed on Suspect and Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

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