Please call your physician’s office before coming in for your appointment if you have symptoms of a cough, fever, or difficulty breathing; traveled to Europe or China or other areas impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) within the past 14 days; been in close contact with someone who has traveled outside the U.S. to one of the impacted countries; or may have been exposed to the coronavirus.  For our patients protection, no visitors under 18 will be allowed in the offices, there is a limit one (1) visitor per patient if necessary. No visitors are allowed in the chemo infusion room. Our new office hours are: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m, if you have an appointment scheduled for after hours, our office will be contacting you directly to reschedule. FOR THE LATEST UP TO DATE INFORMATION, ALERTS AND CANCELLATIONS PLEASE CLICK HERE

What Cancer Patients Should Know About COVID-19 - UPDATED DAILY/WEEKLY

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April 02, 2020
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At Virginia Cancer Specialists, the health of our patients is always our priority. Whether you’re a patient, a caregiver, or are close to someone with cancer, you may have questions about COVID-19, also known as novel coronavirus.

Patients with compromised immune systems, including many cancer patients, are more susceptible to viruses, including COVID-19. Some cancer therapies, such as targeted drugs, steroids, as well as some cancer types, like blood cancers, can result in a weakened immune system.

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4/2/20 UPDATE: Effective 4/6/20 Arlington Office. Due to the impact of COVID-19 the Arlington office infusion suite will be closing on Fridays at least through June. Note our office in the 1635 building will remain open on Monday to Friday but we will be closing at 4pm. Please ensure you are parking in the correct parking lots as the hospital is strictly enforcing access through the hospital. For 1635 building use parking lot A (gold) and for 1701 (infusion) use parking lot C (green).

3/31/20 UPDATE: Our new office hours are: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m, if you have an appointment scheduled for after hours, our office will be contacting you directly to reschedule. Thank you, Virginia Cancer Specialists

3/17/20 UPDATE: Arlington Office 1701 N. George Mason Dr. Suite G-101. For the safety of our patients and other patients nearby – all entering through this entrance will be screened before they enter the hospital.

3/16/20 UPDATE: Please call your physician’s office before coming in for your appointment if you have symptoms of a cough, fever, or difficulty breathing; traveled to Europe or China or other areas impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) within the past 14 days; been in close contact with someone who has traveled outside the U.S. to one of the impacted countries; or may have been exposed to the coronavirus.  For our patients protection, no visitors under 18 will be allowed in the offices, there is a limit one (1) visitor per patient if necessary.  No visitors are allowed in the chemo infusion room

3/16/20 UPDATE: Effective immediately all in-person chemo classes will be cancelled as of today.  Our Nurse Navigators or Nurse Practitioners will work with our patients in a brief one to one teaching visit for any patients scheduled from this day forward until further notice.

Virginia Cancer Specialists is closely monitoring COVID-19, including the latest updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC-recommended protocols for healthcare providers regarding COVID-19 are aligned with Virginia Cancer Specialists existing protocols for flu season. During flu season, we emphasize an array of preventative measures that protect our patients and staff from exposure to illness. These include:

  • Hand hygiene (washing hands with soap and/or alcohol-based sanitizers)
  • Isolating patients who come into our locations exhibiting respiratory or flu-like symptoms.

The CDC does not recommend that the general public wear facemasks. Facemasks are recommended for patients who have flu or other infectious illnesses, including coronavirus (COVID-19).

Tests for (COVID-19) will not be completed at any Virginia Cancer Specialists office.

Patients – Very Important: If you have flu-like symptoms, you should contact Your Virginia Cancer Specialists Advice Line before visiting our clinics for scheduled appointments. This includes fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as coughing or difficulty breathing.

Also, we are permitting only one caregiver to accompany patients to our locations at this time.

Protect Yourself and Others

You, your caregivers and close contacts can take proactive measures to protect yourselves and those around you from COVID-19 and the flu, including these common-sense prevention steps:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds and frequently. If soap and water are unavailable, use alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Throw tissues in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Stay home if you are not well.
  • Avoid large crowds while receiving therapy.
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces with household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Call Virginia Cancer Specialists first if you have questions or concerns.

Travel Advisory

You should avoid contact with anyone, including a caregiver, who has traveled to locations where the COVID-19 outbreak is severe for at least 14 days upon their return. If you or anyone you have already been in contact with have traveled to these locations, please contact Virginia Cancer Specialists before visiting our clinics. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regularly updates travel advisories and information related to travel and COVID-19.

If your caregiver or any close contacts are sick, encourage them to seek medical attention, and avoid contact with them until they are well, e.g., free from fever for at least 24 to 48 hours.

More Information

As the COVID-19 situation changes, we will keep our patients and staff updated. For more information on COVID-19, Virginia Cancer Specialists recommends the following resources:

Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Cure Media Group