Covid-19 Information for Health Professionals

The NCCP have developed a number of guidance documents that are available below and in the HSE COVID-19 Clinical Guidance and Evidence Repository https://hse.drsteevenslibrary.ie/Covid19V2/cancercare

Communication on Rapid Access Clinics

COVID-19 testing prior to certain scheduled cancer treatments

COVID-19 testing may be requested for asymptomatic patients prior to certain scheduled treatments.  It is not a ‘rule-out’ test and will be used alongside advice to patients on reducing their likelihood of exposure in the two weeks prior to attendance and clinical review for signs and symptoms of disease. The below document outlines the process of requesting a test.  This includes an option of having the swab taken by the National Ambulance Service, in which case the laboratory testing is still carried out by your usual hospital.

NCCP Psycho-Oncology Programme

Patient information on Covid-19

Patient information on COVID-19 is available at this link, including information on the importance of cocooning prior to certain cancer treatments, including surgery.

Individual tumour site

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Prostate

NCCP guidance for Medical Professionals on the management of patients with Prostate Cancer in response to the current novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

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Skin

NCCP advice for Medical Professionals on the Management of patients with Suspected or Diagnosed Malignant Melanoma or Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer in response to the current novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

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Key Performance Indicators

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NCCP guidance for Medical Professionals and Data Managers on the management of KPIs in response to the current novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic Link

Multidisciplinary Team Meeting 

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NCCP advice concerning Multidisciplinary Team Meetings (Cancer Case Conferences) in response to the current novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Link

Radiation Oncology

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NCCP patient pathway for attendance for radiation oncology during the COVID-19 pandemic Link
NCCP advice on the management of patients undergoing radiation oncology treatment, in response to the current novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Link
NCCP advice on radiation therapy capacity escalation plan in response to the current COVID 19 pandemic Link
NCCP guidance on the use of PPE by medical professionals when managing patients requiring radiotherapy in response to the current novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Link
Breast cancer: NCCP guidance for Medical Professionals on the management of patients undergoing Breast Cancer Radiotherapy in response to the current novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Link
Prostate cancer: NCCP advice for Medical Professionals on the management of patients undergoing Prostate Cancer Radiotherapy in response to the current novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Link
Thyroid cancer: NCCP advice for medical professionals on the management of Thyroid Cancer and Overactive Thyroid Disease in response to the current novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic Link
Head and Neck cancers: NCCP guidance for Medical Professionals on the management of patients with head and neck cancer undergoing radiotherapy in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic Link
CNS cancer: NCCP advice for medical professionals on the treatment of patients with CNS tumours with radiotherapy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic Link
Lung cancer: NCCP advice for medical professionals on the management of patients undergoing Lung Cancer Radiotherapy in response to the current novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic Link

Rapid Access Clinics

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Breast

NCCP advice for Medical Professionals on the management of patients referred to the Symptomatic Breast Clinic in response to the current novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

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NCCP advice for Medical Professionals on minimising COVID19 risk in the Symptomatic Breast Disease Clinics 

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Prostate

NCCP guidance for Medical Professionals on the management of patients referred to the Rapid Access Prostate Clinics in response to the current novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

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Lung

NCCP advice for Medical Professionals on the management of patients referred to the Rapid Access Lung Clinics in response to the current novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

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Surgery

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NCCP patient pathway for admission for cancer surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic Link
NCCP advice for medical professionals on surgical oncology during the COVID-19 pandemic                                                                                        Link
NCCP guidance for Medical Professionals for testing COVID-19 in asymptomatic patients undergoing elective cancer surgery in response to the current novel coronavirus pandemic Link

Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy

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NCCP advice for Medical Professionals on the management of patients undergoing Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy (chemotherapy) in response to the current novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

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NCCP patient pathway for attendance for SACT on an haematology/oncology day ward during the COVID-19 pandemic

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NCCP patient pathway for admission to an haematology/oncology ward during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Updated: 04/08/2020