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Useful Websites – If you have a useful website to add please:
- use the useful website submission pagehttps://www.bopa.org.uk/useful-websites/useful-websites-submissions/
- or email email@example.com
These webinars are aimed at pharmacists who will be drafted into new areas of work during the COVID-19 crisis.
These webinars are FREE and open to all. You can either watch them live and register via the RPS website OR watch the recorded sessions. Recordings can be accessed from the below link on the RPS website or via our BOPA ‘Useful Websites’ link above:
CRUK Your Treatment Diary Video for patients:
to help enable pre-treatment consultations to take place remotely to reduce the need for F2F consultations: https://youtu.be/16ZIZ3Il6UI
Articles from journals:
- COVID-19 in the Cancer Patient, Yeoh, C et al, Anesthesia & Analgesia: April 15, 2020 – Volume Publish Ahead of Print – Issue –
- The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Cancer Patients, (2020) Al-Quteimat, Osama; Amer, Amer Mustafa, American Journal of Clinical Oncology: April 16, 2020 – Volume Publish Ahead of Print – Issue – doi: 10.1097/COC.0000000000000712
- Caring for our cancer patients in the wake of COVID-19, (2020) Karim Hussien El-Shakankery K et al, British Journal of Cancer https://doi.org/10.1038/s41416-020-0843-5
- Managing COVID-19 in Patients With Cancer: A Double Blow for Oncologists (2020) Sahu et al, JCO Oncology Practice available at https://ascopubs.org/doi/full/10.1200/OP.20.00167
NHSE interim treatment options:
Message from Steve Williamson, NHS England Lead Cancer Pharmacist
29th April 2020 – NHSE Interim treatment options
You may have seen that NICE has published an updated table to the SACT clinical guideline NG161 listing many new Interim treatment options earlier this week. See https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng161/resources/interim-treatment-change-options-during-the-covid19-pandemic-endorsed-by-nhs-england-pdf-8715724381. There are a couple of points of clarification for providers to note:
- Enzalutamide for prostate cancer states it is subject to confirmation, we can confirm enzalutamide is approved, and there is no need to check for confirmation. A Blueteq form for abiraterone for patients unable to tolerate enzalutamide will be made available in due course.
- Gilteritinib is approved for relapsed /refractory AML and not newly diagnosed AML.
- Nivolumab is approved in MSI-H colorectal cancer, the wording states ‘subject to confirmation’ we can confirm this is approved and there is no need to check for confirmation.
- A blueteq form for polatuzumab will be released in due course as NHSE is currently working with the company to ensure there is stock available for the selected patient group.
We advise all these indications are to be billed through the usual specialised commissioning route, as there is additional COVID19 funding available for them. Any drugs where we have changed the CDF pathway are not funded through CDF as there is separate COVID19 funding for them. We are pleased to note that the manufacturers of many of these drugs have worked with NHS England and offered additional discounts to support the NHS during COVID19.
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Latest COVID-19 Resources Downloads
Interim treatment change options during the COVID-19 pandemic, endorsed by NHS EnglandDownload
MOGA (the Medical Oncology Group of Australia): Practical considerations for the management of cancer patients during the COVID19 pandemicDownload
Advice for community pharmacists: How can I support cancer patients during the COVID-19 pandemic?Download
NHS: C0119 Advice on maintaining cancer treatment during the COVID-19 responseDownload
Outreach from AstraZeneca UK on COVID-19
Outreach from AstraZeneca UK on COVID-19 for Healthcare ProfessionalsDownload
COVID-19 Strategy for the Interim Management of Testicular Cancer Prepared by the BAUS Section of Oncology
COVID-19 Strategy for the Interim Management of Testicular Cancer Prepared by the BAUS Section of OncologyDownload
COVID-19 and Palliative, End of Life
This guide is aimed at secondary care HCPs clooking after patients at the end of their lives or who are significantly unwell as the result of both COVID-19 or other possibly life-limiting illnesses. It has been prepared and collated locally by the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group and the Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland. While it is not nationally endorsed by the National Health Service, it may be useful to colleagues throughout the country when preparing their own guidance.
The Medical Journal of Australia: Managing haematology and oncology patients during the COVID-19 pandemic: Interim consensus guidanceDownload
UK Melanoma Focus: COVID-19 Guide C – Managing Melanoma Patients during COVID-19 Pandemic – Surgical Guidance for CliniciansDownload
UK Melanoma Focus: COVID-19 Guide B – Guidelines for Follow-up and SACT for Melanoma during COVID-19 PandemicDownload
UK Melanoma Focus: COVID-19 Guide A – COVID-19 Guidance for People being Treated for MelanomaDownload
UK: COVID-19 and Palliative End of Life and Bereavement Care 22 March 2020Download
Australian: Cancer Council: Cancer and Coronavirus (COVID-19). Patient information.Download
UK NICE: COVID-19 rapid guideline delivery of systemic anticancer treatments 20th March 2020Download
UK NICE: COVID-19 rapid guideline critical care 20th March 2020Download
UK UKCPA: Introduction to Critical Care for pharmacy – Covid – 24th March 2020
This rapidly prepared paper from RPS (UK) aims to provide you with a brief understanding of the critical care patient, the environment, and some of the tools you will need to provide a basic but solid clinical review.Download
UK ONE CANCER VOICE: Advice on Coronavirus for people with cancer – PublicationDownload
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