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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.

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

Current version dated: April 20, 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.


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

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.


Application of COVID-19 PPE Framework for BC Cancer

Current version dated: April 14, 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.


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

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.


Nebulized Therapy during the COVID-19 Pandemic Practice Guide

Current version dated: April 24, 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).


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

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 pages (below).


Last updated June 2, 2020

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