Cancer Treatments Continue Despite COVID-19

With enhanced safety measures and increased use of telemedicine visits, the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute has continued to treat patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since March, hundreds of cancer patients have received high-quality radiation oncology care, including proton therapy, and new patients are starting treatment every day.

The following protocols, guided by the CDC, ASTRO and UF Health, are in place for the protection of patients and staff members.

Pre-screening

  • All patients and staff members are asked to self-screen for fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath before coming to the building.
  • All patients and staff members arriving at the building are given a temperature check, screened for symptoms, and asked about their recent travel.

Personal Protective Equipment

  • Every patient and caregiver is asked to wear a fabric face covering or mask while in the building.
  • All staff members wear a mask.

Limiting Visits and Caregivers

  • Limit of one caregiver per patient during consult appointments only.
  • Additional caregivers are asked to remain outside for all other appointments.
  • No children under the age of 12 are allowed, unless they are the patient.

Cleaning and Sanitizing

  • All high-touch surfaces are frequently cleaned and disinfected.
  • Hand sanitizer dispensers are conveniently placed throughout the building.
  • All patients, caregivers, and staff members are reminded to practice good hand hygiene.

Physical Distancing

  • Seats in waiting areas are arranged six feet apart.
  • When appropriate, consultations, follow-up visits, and/or on-treatment visits are conducted via telehealth.

Telemedicine consults can be scheduled through the patient intake department by calling 904-588-1800. Once an appointment is scheduled an administrative assistant will contact the patient to help set up the software, if needed, test the device, and provide further instructions. 

About This Newsletter

The Precision Newsletter is an electronic-only publication that is distributed by email. Each issue is sent monthly to patients, alumni patients and friends of the University of Florida Health Proton Therapy Institute. As the official newsletter of the Institute, the content is compiled and prepared by our communications representative and approved by the editor Stuart Klein, executive director of UF Health Proton Therapy Institute. Special bulletin newsletters may occasionally be prepared when timely topics and new developments in proton therapy occur. If you would like to send a Letter to the Editor, please click here.

 

Keep In Touch

It is easy to stay in touch with us online at floridaproton.org . Look at the top right corner of the homepage for Facebook , Twitter and YouTube icons, click and join us in the social media conversation. Also on the right side of the homepage there is a button for VTOC Patient Portal . Click here to open your secure account, view your records, complete clinical trial questionnaires and communicate with your nurse case manager.

 

Knowing how you are feeling during and after treatment is essential to providing you the best care possible and contributes to the care of future patients.