Vital treatments to continue for Scots cancer patients

Vital surgery and core treatment for cancer should carry on through Covid-19 crisis, Scotland’s health secretary has said.

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman says vital cancer treatments will continue, despite a halt on some screening services

The Scottish Government has paused certain cancer screening programmes to free up healthcare staff in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

But Jeane Freeman said core treatments such as urgent surgery should be protected, despite the outbreak.

Sign up to our public interest bulletins - get the latest news on the Coronavirus

Sign up to our public interest bulletins - get the latest news on the Coronavirus

"These are particularly difficult times and we understand that patients undergoing treatment for cancer will feel especially anxious," she said.

"Our NHS boards are working hard to ensure vital cancer care remains and I have written to all health boards outlining my expectation that all vital cancer services continue."

She added: "Many medical procedures do now carry a far greater risks due to Covid-19.

“Because of this, other treatment plans may be proposed and discussed with patients.

"Patient-facing guidance has been developed and distributed via cancer services across Scotland to provide advice for people with cancer about how Covid-19 might affect them."

The 200,000 people living in Scotland who are most vulnerable to Covid-19 are also being offered extra support, such as food and medicine.

A message from the Editor:Thank you for reading this story on our website. While I have your attention, I also have an important request to make of you.With the coronavirus lockdown having a major impact on many of our advertisers - and consequently the revenue we receive - we are more reliant than ever on you taking out a digital subscription.Subscribe to scotsman.com and enjoy unlimited access to Scottish news and information online and on our app. With a digital subscription, you can read more than 5 articles, see fewer ads, enjoy faster load times, and get access to exclusive newsletters and content. Visit https://www.scotsman.com/subscriptions now to sign up.

Our journalism costs money and we rely on advertising, print and digital revenues to help to support them. By supporting us, we are able to support you in providing trusted, fact-checked content for this website.

Frank O'Donnell

Editorial Director

 0 comments

Want to join the conversation? Please or to comment on this article.