At UPHSM Cancer Center, your health and safety, along with the health and safety of our staff, are our top priority. 

What you need to know before you arrive

We are open for patient care.  We are continuing to monitor the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  We are proactively protecting our patients and our workforce by using recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC).  You will be asked whether you are exhibiting the following symptoms:

  • Fever/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Runny nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Congestion
  • Contact in the last 14 days with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID 19

Per the Michigan state mandate, we have universal masking.  All individuals are required to wear a face covering.

New visitor policy effective July 8

In our ongoing effort to protect the health and safety of our patients and staff, no visitors will be allowed to accompany adult patients at UPHSM Cancer Center starting on March 18.  Drivers will need to wait in the car.

We understand this is a difficult adjustment for our patients and their loved ones and we don’t take this lightly.  However, it is a critically important step to protect our patients and staff.

This change means:

  • No visitors are allowed to accompany adult patients, with very limited exception
  • All people entering UPHS-Marquette will be screened for symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat.  Any pre-approved visitor with obvious signs of illness will be asked to kindly leave.
  • If you have symptoms of a cold or flu, please call us before you come in.
  • If you are in treatment, we want you to keep your scheduled appointment if you can safely do so.  We have no plans to postpone appointments for patients who are actively being treated for cancer or related conditions.
  • We know that loved ones are a vital part of the healing process.  When possible, we encourage you to use your smartphone or other mobile device to stay in touch with your friend and loved ones during your visit.  We can dial someone of your choosing into your provider visits so others can hear the treatment plans and ask questions.

Thank you for your support during this challenging time, and for entrusting your care to us.

COVID-19 Frequently asked questions

Will my cancer treatment be affected?

At this time, there is no direct evidence to support changing or withholding chemotherapy, immunotherapy, or radiation therapy. If you are currently receiving any of these treatments for your cancer, they will continue for now.

Am I at high-risk to get sick from COVID-19?

The following patients are at especially high risk:

  • Patients currently receiving radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy
  • Patients on chronic immunosuppression (such as steroids, anti-rejection medications, or medications for autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or Crohn’s)
  • Patients who’ve ever received chemotherapy for leukemia or lymphoma
  • Patients who’ve ever undergone a bone marrow or stem cell transplant
  • Patients with advanced stage CLL (> Rai stage 0)
  • Patients with untreated, advanced stage lymphoma (> stage 1)
  • Patients with any type of metastatic, non-hematologic cancer
  • Patients in remission from cancer, but who have significant heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease, liver disease, or diabetes

If any of these apply, it is even MORE important to strictly adhere to social distancing guidelines from the CDC and state health agencies – and avoid leaving home if at all possible.

What can I do to protect myself?

Having cancer may increase your risk for many illnesses because cancer treatment can weaken your immune system.  Please be sure that you and your loved ones take steps to prevent infection:

  • Wear a mask or face covering when in public spaces
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 
  • If soap and water are not available to you, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth if you have not washed your hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.  Discard the tissue wand clean your hands.  If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve.
  • Maintain social distance.  This means you should avoid contact with other people and keep a distance of at least six feet between yourself and other.
  • Do not shake hands with others.
  • Avoid direct contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects.

What is UPHSM Cancer Center doing to protect our patients and staff?

We are actively monitoring for COVID-19 to ensure the safety of our patients and staff.  Some of our many precautions include:

  • Screening patients for possible COVID-19 infection
  • Enforcing precautions for staff
  • Reconfiguring the waiting area seating to allow for recommended social distancing
  • Cancelling all business travel for faculty and staff

What changes will I see at UPHSM?

In order to limit the number of people at UPHSM we have closed or suspended activities for certain areas and groups including:

  • The Baraga Bistro is open to employees only
  • The Chapel is closed
  • Classes and support groups have been suspended until further notice 

Where can I get more information about COVID-19?

We recommend resources and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and The American Cancer Society.