I am a cancer patient. What should I do to protect myself from COVID-19?
Because cancer treatments weaken the body’s immune system, cancer patients are among those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. To protect yourself from COVID-19, follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
recommendations for people who need to take extra precautions.
Is it safe for cancer patients and cancer survivors to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?
Mayo Clinic recommends cancer patients and cancer survivors get vaccinated as soon as possible. Patients should discuss any concerns they have about being vaccinated for COVID-19 with their health care provider.
Should I wear a face mask?
Mayo Clinic now requires all patients, visitors and staff to wear a face covering or mask while at Mayo Clinic. See the CDC’s information on the use of cloth face coverings to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
In addition, please continue to follow the CDC’s recommendations for people at high risk of COVID-19.
I heard Mayo Clinic is limiting the number of visitors on its campuses. Does this apply to appointments for cancer care?
Yes. To protect all of our patients and staff, Mayo Clinic is limiting the number of visitors on our campuses while there is a threat of COVID-19 transmission.
Please see current visitor guidelines for your Mayo Clinic care location:
I need to fly to Mayo Clinic for chemotherapy. Is it safe to do so?
Mayo Clinic recommends following CDC recommendations for travel during COVID-19.
Depending on your circumstances, your care team may recommend that you seek care closer to home or seek temporary housing close to your Mayo Clinic location. Talk to your care team about what is best for you.
I need to travel to Mayo Clinic to participate in a cancer clinical trial. Is it safe to do so?
Talk to your study team about any concerns you have about traveling to participate in a clinical trial.
Additional questions and answers for all Mayo Clinic patients
Specific questions and answers about COVID-19 for all Mayo Clinic patients
Specific questions and answers about COVID-19 for transplant patients
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