Information on the coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

Dear Valued Patients,

SC Oncology is committed to the health and safety of our patients, staff and community. It is our top priority. As we continue to closely monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, we offer you reassurance that we are taking every precaution necessary to ensure your safety. We are following standard cleaning protocols and precautions as well as taking guidance from state and national entities around COVID-19.

-Please avoid bringing family or caregivers to the clinic. Out of precaution, any companion will be asked to remain in the car. We are prohibiting all non-patient visitors from entering our facility.

-If you are on active treatment and are having symptoms, please call our office so that we can determine how to support your care and treatment needs.

-If you are having symptoms and have a scheduled appointment with us, please call our office prior to your appointment. Office phone number: 803-461-3000

 

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 a respiratory disease caused by a new strain of coronavirus. The virus primarily spreads person-to-person through respiratory droplets by means of coughing or sneezing.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

According to the Department of Health, symptoms can appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Most patients experience mild symptoms. Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

 

Fever
Cough
Runny nose
Headache
Sore throat
Shortness of breath

 

How can I prevent the spread of COVID-19?

There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19, and there is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for the virus—in most cases, people with COVID-19 will recover on their own. Nonetheless, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The CDC recommends everyday preventative actions to help prevent exposure:

-Avoid close contact with people who are sick
-Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
-Stay home when you are sick
-Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
-Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
-Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
-Avoid travel to countries with travel health notices related to COVID-19. Information about travel to specific countries can be found on the CDC’s website.

To help prevent the spread of the virus to others, the CDC recommends that face masks should only be used by certain individuals, including people experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and health care workers. For more information, visit the CDC’s website.

What should I do if I’m experiencing symptoms?

Remember the guidance coming from the CDC and the DOH: If you’re sick with mild symptoms and don’t have an underlying chronic condition, stay home. If symptoms worsen or you have trouble breathing, call your healthcare provider. Your healthcare provider will work with the DOH and CDC to determine whether you need to be tested for COVID-19.

What should I do if I am in close contact to someone with COVID-19 but am not sick?

You should monitor your health for fever, cough and shortness of breath during the 14 days after the last day you were in close contact with the sick person with COVID-19. You should not go to work or school, and should avoid public places for 14 days.

What should I do if I am in close contact to someone with COVID-19 and get sick?

If you get sick with fever, cough or shortness of breath (even if your symptoms are very mild), you should stay at home and away from other people.

If you have any of the following conditions that may increase your risk for a serious infection —age 60 years or over, are pregnant, or have medical conditions—contact your physician’s office and tell them that you were exposed to someone with COVID-19. They may want to monitor your health more closely or test you for COVID-19.

If you do not have a high-risk condition but want medical advice, you can call your healthcare provider and tell them that you were exposed to someone with COVID-19. Your healthcare provider can help you decide if you need to be evaluated in person. There are currently no medications to treat COVID-19. If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the dispatch personnel that you may have been exposed to COVID-19.

If possible, put on a facemask before emergency medical services arrive or immediately after they arrive.

Prisma Health is offering telemedicine services as a convenience for anyone who may be interested in speaking to a healthcare provider without leaving the house. If you are interested in futher information please click https://www.prismahealth.org/Virtual-Visit/.

 

Sources:

CDC – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

SC DHEC - https://www.scdhec.gov/


 

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The Cancer Center at South Carolina Oncology Associates (SCOA)


 

You have found the only comprehensive cancer treatment center in South Carolina providing a variety of essential cancer care services in one convenient location.

SCOA offers a multitude of cancer treatment options such as medical oncology, radiation oncology, and also gynecologic oncology. The Cancer Center at South Carolina Oncology Associates also offers additional patient services including a full suite of diagnostic imaging services, a chemotherapy infusion suite, retail and infusion pharmacy services, social work, financial counseling, and a fully operational CLIA certified medical laboratory — all under one roof.

SCOA has been serving patients in Columbia for more than 40 years and is considered one of the southeastern leaders in cancer care. The oncology professionals at SCOA would like people living in the Midlands to know about our full complement of cancer services before they might ever need oncology care.

SCOA Provides Comprehensive Cancer Care in Columbia, SC

The Cancer Center at South Carolina Oncology Associates provides the highest level of clinical care and treatment to fight cancer. Our staff of physicians has extensive training and special expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. A compassionate staff of oncology-certified nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, physicists, genetic counselor, lab and diagnostic technicians, medical researchers, licensed social workers, radiation therapists and financial counselors provide a full complement of care.

Cancer diagnosis and treatment has changed tremendously since SCOA first opened its doors, and the Cancer Center at South Carolina Oncology Associates has served as the area's leader in cancer care. Inside the doors of this dedicated cancer treatment facility, lives state-of-the-art diagnostics, treatment and radiation technologies in one spacious, comfortable facility.

While every member of the Cancer Center at South Carolina Oncology Associates is a cancer professional, we are also members of the community. We are dedicated to providing personalized, compassionate cancer care to our friends, families, and neighbors living in or near Columbia.

The Cancer Center at South Carolina Oncology Associates has established a nationwide reputation for excellence in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Our staff brings a level of expertise, compassion and comprehensive cancer care that is unique to South Carolina.

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