COVID-19 Cancer Clinical Guidance and Resources 

Author: Louise Metcalfe, Macmillan Primary Care Lead Nurse for Cancer,

Date Published: March 2023

Date to Review: March 2024 

Below is a range of information specifically in relation to Cancer and COVID-19 for your reference which we aim to keep up to date as new information is made available. The information may also be duplicated in other bulletins you receive directly. 


A range of information is available from:-

NHS England & NHS Information for clinicians in Primary Care on Coronavirus with specific information on Cancer:

o    COVID 19 Summary of Guidance for Cancer - General (documents available for download below)

o    Cancer and Coronavirus  - this link provides links to specific cancer guidance:-

o   Acute treatment cancer specialty guide

o   Proton beam therapy management of referrals

o   Essential Cancer surgery and coronavirus

o   Endoscopy and coronavirus speciality guide

o   Colorectal Cancer – Clinical Guide for Triaging Patients (document available for download below)

o   Clinical guide for triaging patients with lower gastrointestinal symptoms 

o   NHSE second phase of nhs response to covid-19  (cancer guidance available on page 6)

 Cervical Screening Programme: (documents available for download below)

o   Colposcopy initial guidance during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic V1.0

o   National Cervical Screening Programme Operational Guidance - Invitation and Reminder Letter Intervals 

o   Sample taking – initial guidance during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic


Radiotherapy delivery - rapid guideline NG162   


o   Tumour Site Pathway Changes (document available for download below)

SY&B ICS Cancer Alliance: (documents available for download below)

o   FIT and high risk 2ww update   

o   Lower GI High Risk 2WW referral pathway - primary care 

o   Referrals Management guidance during COVID-19

o   FAQ Cancer advice for GPs re COVID-19

o   Suspected or Diagnosed Cancer – summary guidance for GPs

o   How to Access the Professionals area 



·       Cancer Treatment – Key Messages for Stakeholders v2 – document attached below 

·       Latest guidance from Macmillan for people with cancer.

 ·       Cancer Support Services Covid-19 – document available for download below 

·       Macmillan’s Offer - campaign presentation slides – document available for download below