Welcome to the Blood Cancer UK Forum! Thank you so much for getting in touch with us. This is understandably a worrying time for both you and your husband and you’ve done the right thing reaching out for support.
Depending on the type of blood cancer and treatment, it can take from a few months up to a year for the immune system to recover. However, there is the possibility of the immune system still being compromised if a person is in remission, though this can vary depending on multiple factors, such as; the type of blood cancer, the type of treatment and the individual. For that reason we would recommend speaking to your husband’s treating team, including; his consultant and his clinical nurse specialist, to get a better idea of his personal risk level.
You may find this blog we recently published useful, Charlotte:
It talks a little bit more about understanding an individual’s risk when it comes to coronavirus. With coronavirus there are two key risks; the risk of catching coronavirus and the risk of becoming seriously ill if you do get the virus. It is important to think about both things when planning about the future.
At the moment, it’s important that your husband continues to shield until 30th June at least, here is some further information: https://bloodcancer.org.uk/support-for-you/coronavirus-covid-19/looking-after-yourself-staying-home-shielding/. You can also speak to his GP and specialist team about this to ensure your decision is based on the correct clinical information. It’s so important that you feel comfortable and confident with the guidance you’re being asked to follow at this time, so we recommend talking any concerns through with your husband’s healthcare team, so you are fully informed.
Blood cancer UK are continuously monitoring the situation and will update our information if any advice relating to this were to change.
Our webpage suggests ways of supporting yourself through this difficult time: https://bloodcancer.org.uk/support-for-you/coronavirus-covid-19/looking-after-yourself--staying-home-shielding/
I hope this has been helpful to you, Charlotte? It’s so understandable to be feeling concerned about the coronavirus. If you need further clarity on any of the information we provide or want someone to talk it through with, we are only ever a phone call or email. Just as a reminder, our support line can be reached on 0808 2080 888 Monday-Friday 10am-7pm and on weekends between 10am-1pm or you can also reach us via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take care of yourself and very best wishes from the support line team