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​COVID-19 Information and FAQs for Patients With Cancer

We know that our patients with cancer and their families have questions related to care during this time. Our hospitals and clinics have infection-prevention protocols and systems in place to keep patients, visitors and health care workers safe. For everyone's sake, we are taking extra safety precautions in our clinics and hospitals, including more frequent cleaning, entrance screenings and social distancing in our registration and waiting areas.

Have COVID-like Symptoms? Call Before Coming In

If you have an upcoming appointment and have symptoms including fever, new cough, new shortness of breath or recent loss of taste or smell, or if you fear that you have been exposed to novel coronavirus (COVID-19), please call your provider's office or our nurse phone line – 800-926-8273 – to discuss your symptoms before coming to your scheduled appointment.

Video Visits

Our physicians and care teams will also be reviewing our schedules and contacting patients whose visits may be appropriate to convert to MyUCSDChart video visits. We will make every effort to ensure this is a smooth and easy experience for you.

Visitor Restrictions for Clinic Appointments, Infusion Treatments and Radiation Treatments

For those coming to clinic appointments, infusion treatments, or radiation treatments, be aware that there is a strict no-visitor policy at this time, except for patients who are minors (under the age of 18), who may bring one accompanying parent or guardian. In other situations, caregivers are encouraged to participate by phone or video, with the provider's consent, during the patient's appointment. Rare extenuating circumstances for other exceptions to the visitor policy must be identified and approved in advance.

FAQs for Cancer Patients

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Who is at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19?

What does it mean to be immunocompromised?

As a patient with cancer, how much higher is my risk of severe illness from COVID-19?

What precautions should be taken by people at higher risk of serious illness with COVID-19?

Should I delay my treatment, surgery or radiation therapy?

Will my clinical trial be canceled?

How do I get my prescriptions?

Is it OK to use valet parking, ride-sharing services and rental cars?

Should I wear a mask?

Is Moores Cancer Center still offering support groups and classes?


See all COVID-19 FAQs and frequently updated information about UC San Diego Health care and services.