From the President of the IBC-IC: Massimo Cristofanilli, MD
Dear Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) Community,
With the recent developments surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) we wanted to reach out and re-iterate some important key points:
- Health officials are recommending people stay at home as much as possible, including working and schooling from home to slow the spread of the virus.
- It is important that patients and their caregivers take precautions to lower their risk of getting COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has specific recommendations for people at risk for serious illness, including COVID-19 infection.
- The CDC has compiled tips on what people can do to help slow the spread of the new coronavirus and make homes, schools, and workplaces safer, including not shaking hands and avoiding crowds, cruise travel, and non-essential travel.
These are difficult times for everyone but particularly for high-risk individuals such as patients with advanced cancers receiving treatments. We know that many of you can be in this situation and wanted to remind everyone few important precautions.
Please remember you can always reach out to our IBC specialists remotely for questions. As you know many Hospitals and Academic Institutions are recommending this approach to face-to face visits. Moreover, screening mammograms have been postponed or canceled and should you have any suspicious findings, please do not hesitate to get help for testing.
Be safe and strong.
Massimo Cristofanilli, MD, FACP