Providence Cancer Institute Coronavirus Updates

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Find information about coronavirus (COVID-19), including how to protect yourself, what to do if you feel sick, and signs and symptoms here.

Supporting you during COVID-19

It is important that we keep seeing you for your regularly scheduled visits and that your care is not delayed as COVID-19 still continues to be a threat to our community.

We are here to support you and safely continue in-person visits in our clinics, as well as telephone visits and virtual visits from your home.

Vaccine information for cancer patients

Now that two vaccines have been approved by the FDA, many patients are thinking about how these vaccines may impact their cancer diagnosis and treatment. We are recommending that all cancer patients receive either the Pfizer or the Moderna vaccine as soon as it is available to them. 

Exceptions are those who have been treated with:  

  • Autologous stem cell transplant
  • CAR-T adoptive cellular therapy
  • Clinical trial (experimental) agents
  • Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG)  

Patients in the above groups should call their clinic for assistance. You will speak with a triage nurse to determine if you should schedule an appointment with your provider or speak further with a research nurse. 

Providence Cancer Institute will not be providing COVID-19 vaccines. The vaccine should be obtained through your primary care provider, county options, or opportunities provided through Oregon or Washington State. Vaccine roll out plans are currently in development and details will soon follow.

For additional information, including when the vaccine may be available for you, please visit the resources listed below: 

What patients and caregivers should know before visiting a Providence facility

We are open for patient care. If you experience a fever, cough, runny nose, or shortness of breath, contact your health care provider before your appointment.

All patients, visitors and employees will receive a screening for COVID-19 symptoms when entering Providence hospitals. This will include having their temperature checked at the door. Cancer patients with elevated temperatures will be allowed to enter because this is a typical side effect of cancer treatment. Visitors with elevated temperatures will not be allowed in the building. You will be asked questions related to symptoms or if you’ve had contact with someone who has a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19.

Updated visitor restrictions for Providence Cancer Institute clinics

Providence Cancer Institute cares for a high number of patients whose immune systems are impacted by cancer treatment. With the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, we are taking every precaution to ensure your health and safety, including:

Visitors are not allowed in infusion rooms with patients in order to comply with social distancing guidelines. ​For infusion visits, patient caregivers can wait off campus or in their car after assisting patients to the clinic lobby. Patient caregivers may return to assist the patient when the appointment is over. One visitor per patient is allowed in our clinics for visits that don't require infusions.

Temporary changes affecting some of our clinics

  • New patient visits will continue to take place at all clinic locations in-person or virtually.
  • PCI Newberg Clinic is open for provider visits Monday through Friday. Infusion visits can currently be scheduled on Tuesdays or Thursdays. 
  • All patients will be notified prior to their appointments regarding changes that impact their care location.

What we’re doing to protect patients and staff

  • All staff, patients, and visitors are asked to wear masks at all times.
  • Providence staff are reaching out to every patient prior to their appointment to screen them for symptoms.
  • Some patients will be given the option to meet with their physician for a telephone or virtual visit.
  • Infusion room chairs are placed six feet apart to comply with the social distancing requirement.

Frequently asked questions

Are classes, support groups and events still being held?

  • In an effort to reduce visitors and in-person gatherings at our hospitals and clinics, we are canceling in-person classes and support groups until further notice.
  • Providence patients can access oncology social work support or peer support by calling 503-215-6015.

Which patient areas are closed?

  • The Jill Lematta Learning library is currently closed to patients.

Should patients bring their own masks to appointments?

  • At this time, Providence Cancer Institute patients are welcome to bring their own mask to their appointment. Otherwise, Providence will be able to provide you with one.

Should patients travel to Providence Cancer Institute?

  • If you are not in active treatment, we do not recommend you travel to Providence Cancer Institute for treatment consultation or research study enrollment.
  • Research shows that older adults, cancer survivors, and individuals with weakened immune systems are more vulnerable to COVID-19. You may wish to read more information and recommendations from the CDC.

Where can I get more information?