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New Normal Same Cancer

New Normal Same Cancer

In 2020, COVID-19 changed so many things, but blood cancer didn’t stop.  

Now, the “new normal” defines every aspect of our lives: the way we work, the way we relate within our communities, the way we go about our everyday activities. 

And yet the same cancer exists – so the challenge in front of us is to ensure access to the best possible treatment and supportive care in this new environment, while blood cancer cases continue to escalate. 

In Australia, we have seen a significant drop in cancer screening, pathology tests and surgery. Job insecurity and financial concerns along with fear and anxiety around contracting coronavirus have resulted in many Australians deferring medical attention for new symptoms or not attending routine follow-up appointments. 

We know blood cancer is on the rise, so we expect these cases are out there. For those living with blood cancer, we also fear they may not act on symptoms for fear of COVID-19 exposure. 

In the New Normal Same Cancer campaign, we’ve joined with eight other cancer healthcare charities to strongly urge people to contact their healthcare professional, get checked or re-book their missed medical appointments, to minimise the time between cancer diagnosis and treatment. 

We stand proudly beside our charity friendsBowel Cancer Australia, GI Cancer Australia, Lung Foundation Australia, Lymphoma Australia, Ovarian Cancer Australia, Pink Hope, Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, and Rare Cancers Australia 

The Leukaemia Foundation is proud to be part of such a strong collective of health advocacy and healthcare charities. 

Our message is simple – know your body, listen to what it’s telling you, stay in touch with your doctor and keep up any prescribed treatment.