Posted on Thursday 30 April 2020

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CLIC Sargent responds to #HelpUsHelpYou campaign after concerns over delayed diagnosis and fall in cancer referrals

We’re backing the #HelpUsHelpYou campaign. It’s crucial that cancer diagnosis, treatment and support for all ages is maintained during the coronavirus pandemic. People with cancer or suspected cancer should not experience delays.

Cancer doesn't stop for coronavirus.

Helen Gravestock, AD of Policy, Influencing & Voice at CLIC Sargent said: “We already know the terrible impact delayed diagnosis can have on families at the best of times, let alone during a pandemic. The CCLG has prepared plans for changing treatment should it be necessary, but we aren’t aware of this needing to be implemented yet.

We’re concerned cancer referrals are down and some children and young people as a result will experience a delayed cancer diagnosis. This could have a devastating impact on treatment, prognosis and experience.

That may be due to fear or uncertainty about attending GP appointments and going to A&E. We support the #HelpUsHelpYou campaign. If you are concerned about symptoms, we advise the following resources:
• https://www.cclg.org.uk/ChildCancerSmart
• https://www.headsmart.org.uk/
• https://www.teenagecancertrust.org/support-us/spread-word/learn-signs-cancer

Children are still able to access their normal cancer treatment. We know that some treatment may be delivered in a different location, and that supporting tests have been cancelled or deferred when it is safe to do so. This is assessed on a case by case basis by the child’s clinical team.

But we have heard from some young adults with cancer that they have experienced delays to scans and treatment.

A poor diagnosis experience can be really stressful and challenging. If people have delays, it can affect their mental health, prognosis and wellbeing. We know they will need CLIC Sargent’s support more than ever and that’s why we’re fighting through this crisis to still be there for everyone who needs us.

Our support is needed more than ever as we face greater demands on the front line. Cancer doesn’t stop for coronavirus and this is our fight for families we support. Read more and support our emergency appeal here.”

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