I’m worried I have cancer. Should I still go to my GP?

Yes. It is always very important that you get advice if you have any symptoms you’re worried about, and that has not changed during the coronavirus pandemic.

Contact your GP surgery straight away if you have any symptoms - especially if they last for a while and you can’t explain them. You can also find a longer list of other symptoms of cancer via NHS Be Clear on Cancer.

Right now, because of the coronavirus crisis, your GP will let you know how best to get checked out. It could be in person or by phone to start off with. This is to make sure you’re seen in the safest way possible. 

Most people who go to their GP with symptoms do not have cancer. But if you do, finding out earlier can mean more effective treatment and improved chances of survival.   

I have been referred by my GP for further tests. Should I still go to my hospital appointments?

Yes. If you have been asked to go to the hospital for more tests, it is important that you still go. 

Most people who go to their GP with symptoms do not have cancer. But if you do, finding out earlier can mean more effective treatment and improved chances of survival.

The NHS is reorganising the way that cancer is diagnosed, so that you can have tests in places protected from coronavirus. You will be given information on any preparation you need to do before going to the hospital for your appointment.

If you or anyone you live with have any symptoms of coronavirus, contact the hospital and they will talk with you about if you should still go to your appointment.

If you’re worried about going for your appointments, you can always talk with the clinical team at the hospital. They can reassure you.