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Key facts about pancreatic cancer and COVID-19

We know that it can be confusing to find information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) that is relevant to you. This page explains the key facts about coronavirus and pancreatic cancer.

The videos on this page were developed in April, and some of the advice for people shielding has changed since these videos were made. Read the latest information here.

Click on the links below to find more information:

Your GP or hospital team will be able to answer your questions about what coronavirus means for you. Our specialist nurses on our Support Line are also here for you if you want to talk more about your own situation. You can call them on 0808 801 0707 between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday, or email them on nurse@pancreaticcancer.org.uk

What is the difference between social distancing, self-isolation and shielding?

Our specialist nurse, Lynne, talks about what the terms social distancing, self-isolation and shielding mean, and how to follow the Government’s advice.

Lockdown restrictions have eased for some people. If you are able to leave the house to exercise you are now able to do this more than once a day. The advice for people shielding has also changed since we made this video. Read the latest information.

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I have received a letter about shielding, what does this mean?

The NHS has written to people who are at a high risk of getting seriously ill if they get coronavirus. This includes people having chemotherapy. Our specialist nurse, Lynne, explains what this means.

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I am having treatment for pancreatic cancer, will the coronavirus affect this?

If you are having treatment for your pancreatic cancer, you may have questions about how the coronavirus affects this. Our specialist nurse, Emma, talks to you about how to find information and support.

Information about COVID-19 and pancreatic cancer treatment.

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What is the advice for people having chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer?

Our specialist nurse, Emma, talks to you about how to stay safe and get information and support if you are having chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer.

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What is the advice for people who have recently been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer?

Our specialist nurse, Emma, talks to you about how to stay safe and get information and support if you have recently been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

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What is the advice for people who have previously had pancreatic cancer?

Our specialist nurse, Lynne, talks to you about how to stay safe and get information and support if you have previously had pancreatic cancer.

Lockdown restrictions have eased for some people. You are now able to leave the house more than once a day to exercise, and be outside for longer than one hour. 

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What is the advice for people concerned about the symptoms of pancreatic cancer?

If you have symptoms of pancreatic cancer, it’s really important that you contact your GP. Don’t worry about your GP or the NHS being too busy at the moment. Our specialist nurse, Emma, shares more about symptoms and how to get in touch with your GP if you have any concerns.