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.
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.
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).
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.
Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines for Nasopharyngoscopy Procedure
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).
Serious Illness Care Program - Reference Guide for Clinicians: COVID-19 Adaptation
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.
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.
Reprocessing of Eye Protection Equipment Procedure
BC Cancer health professionals with questions about the content on this page may email the BC Cancer communications department.