Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Information for Cancer Centre Patients:
Your health and safety is our priority. Please attend your appointment in person as scheduled. Some follow-up appointments may be rescheduled, however those patients will be contacted in advance by the cancer centre.
When you come to the cancer centre for your appointment, you will be screened for symptoms (respiratory symptoms, travel history, fever). Patients with a positive screen will then be further assessed by cancer centre staff.
If you have questions about the screening process or need any further direction please call:
Allan Blair Cancer Centre: 306-766-2213
Saskatoon Cancer Centre: 306-655-2662
(phone lines monitored Monday to Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm)
Services by our volunteers have been suspended in order to protect patients and volunteers. Please bring adequate snacks and beverages to your cancer centre appointment, as the nutrition carts will be unavailable.
> More information for patients is available on our FAQs for Cancer Patients page.
> Information for Screening Program clients is available here.
Phlebotomy Service Reduced
Part of the measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to our patients and staff is limiting the number of people in the cancer centres. The Saskatoon Cancer Centre is reducing phlebotomy services and redirecting patients to community labs for blood work requirements. In special circumstances, such as for immuno-compromised transplant patients, the blood draw will be completed at the cancer centre in an exam room.
Patients with PICCs and ports, with the exception of highly immuno-compromised transplant patients, will be redirected to community labs for peripheral blood draws.
By sharing the need for blood draws with our community partners, the Cancer Agency is not only creating as safe an environment as possible but are conserving the specialized Cancer Agency staff for care only they can provide.
Patient Supports/Visitor Restrictions
Immuno-compromised patients are at higher risk for illnesses, especially COVID-19.
To protect all vulnerable patients and limit the risk of exposure for patients and staff, patients attending follow-up appointments or receiving treatment within the cancer centre will be required to attend by themselves. As such, support persons will not be permitted to attend regular clinic appointments or treatments.
Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be very emotional and some patients may feel overwhelmed. New patients who are visiting the cancer centre for a first visit/initial consultation or are receiving their first cancer treatment may bring one adult support person to accompany them.
Patients who require a support person to accompany them to subsequent appointments due to medical or legal requirements will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Please contact your care team to discuss any exceptions.
We ask that support persons not come to the cancer centre:
- If they have any respiratory or gastric symptoms such as common cold symptoms or diarrhea/vomiting.
- If they have travelled outside of the province within the last 14 days or have flu-like symptoms.
We are also:
- Placing all community gatherings within Saskatchewan Cancer Agency operated facilities on hold until further notice.
- Suspending services provided by our dedicated volunteers in order to protect our patients and volunteers. Patients should bring adequate snacks and beverages, as nutrition carts will be unavailable.
- Due to the visitor restrictions currently in place, the Cancer Agency is not accepting donations of supplies at any of our facilities. Although the offers are appreciated, we are aligning with the Saskatchewan Health Authority guidelines around donations at this time. More information is available on the Saskatchewan Health Authority website.
Protect yourself and others, and help stop the spread of harmful viruses:
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- No tissue? Cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water, or use a hand sanitizer.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Practice social distancing (e.g. no handshakes, hugs, kisses).
Hand washing is important to stop the spread of germs and avoid getting sick. Stay healthy. Wash your hands often and for at least 20 seconds.
Self Assessment Tool:
A COVID-19 self assessment tool is available on the Government of Saskatchewan website. The tool will help determine whether you should be tested for COVID-19.
Stay up to date:
Public health officials continue to reassess the national and provincial public health risk, based on the best available evidence as the situation evolves. New information, tools and resources about COVID-19 are available on the Government of Saskatchewan website, which is Saskatchewan’s source of information for healthcare providers and the public.