To the editor,

I am writing to thank everyone who has worked to respond to COVID19 and prevent its spread in the community. Avoiding exposure to this virus is especially important for people whose immune systems have been compromised.

In a recent survey, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network found that 1 in 4 patients in active treatment had experienced a delay in treatment as a result of the pandemic and 1 in 8 were uncertain when their treatment would resume. This has left many cancer patients feeling even more isolated at this difficult time.

As a volunteer for the American Cancer Society, I want to make sure that local patients and caregivers know that we are here for them. If you or someone you know has questions about COVID19 and cancer, they can call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-227-2345. We also continue to update our website with the latest information and guidance for cancer patients from our public health experts. Please visit to get answers to common questions, suggestions for what to ask your health care professional or to start a live chat with one of our staff.

Cancer hasn’t stopped and neither have we.

Connie Schwichtenberg

Relay for Life co-chair

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