NC Cancer Prevention and Control Branch

COVID-19 Resources for Cancer Patients, Survivors and Caregivers

Cancer patients, survivors and caregivers need to take precaution to lower their risk of exposure to COVID-19. Below is a list of resources to assist in learning how to reduce your exposure risk, how to stay healthy, and cope with stress, anxiety, loneliness and/or depression. Additionally, there are resources that may assist you in seeking access to food, shelter, child care and other assistance.

For North Carolina information:

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Response, NC Department of Health and Human Services

For national information:

For cancer patients, survivors and caretakers:

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 General Information and Staying Healthy


 Reducing or Managing Stress, Anxiety, Loneliness, and Depression


NCCARE360 – The first statewide coordinated care network to electronically connect those with identified needs to community resources and allow for a feedback loop on the outcome of that connection.

NC Department of Social Services – The Division of Social Services (DSS) provides direct services that address issues of poverty, family violence and exploitation. They aim to prevent abuse, neglect and exploitation of vulnerable citizens, as well as, promote self-reliance and self-sufficiency for individuals and families.


Food Banks in NC – Below is a list of primary food banks in NC.  They work with many local partners and/or distribution centers in their coverage arears. In your community, there may be other local food banks, pantry’s or programs for children and seniors at risk for hunger.

  • Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina – The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina serves 34 counties. They break down their service area into six regions served by six Food Bank Branch locations:
    • Durham Branch serves Chatham, Durham, Granville, Orange, Person and Vance counties.
    • Greenville Branch serves Carteret, Craven, Greene, Jones, Lenoir, Onslow, Pamlico and Pitt counties. Edgecombe and Wilson counties are shared with our Raleigh Branch. Carteret, Craven, Jones, Lenoir, Onslow, and Pamlico counties are shared with our New Bern Branch.
    • New Bern Branch serves Carteret, Craven, Jones, Onslow, and Pamlico counties.
    • Raleigh Branch serves Duplin, Franklin, Halifax, Harnett, Johnston, Nash, Sampson, Wake, Warren, and Wayne counties. Edgecombe and Wilson counties are shared with the Greenville Branch. Lee County is shared with the Sandhills Branch.
    • Sandhills Branch serves Moore, Richmond and Scotland counties. Lee County is shared with the Raleigh Branch.
    • Wilmington Branch serves Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties.
  • Food Bank of the Albemarle – The Food Bank of the Albemarle serves 15 northeastern counties: Beaufort, Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Martin, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell and Washington Counties.
  • Inter-Faith Food Shuttle – The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle serves seven counties: Chatham, Durham, Edgecombe, Johnston, Nash, Orange, and Wake counties.
  • MANNA Food Bank – MANNA Food Bank serving 16 western NC counties: Avery, Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Swain, Transylvania, and counties.
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina – The Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina serves 14 counties: Anson, Burke, Cabarrus, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Rowan, Rutherford, Stanly and Union. 
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast North Carolina – Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast North Carolina serves seven counties: Bladen, Cumberland, Duplin, Harnett, Hoke, Robeson, and Sampson counties.
  • Second Harvest of Northwest North Carolina – The Second Harvest of Northwest North Carolina serves 18 counties: Alamance, Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Caldwell, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Iredell, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes and Yadkin counties.


  • 10 Things You Can Do to Manage COVID-19 at Home. Cancer patients treated with chemotherapy are more likely to get an infection. That’s because chemotherapy can weaken the immune system. Take steps to lower your risk of getting sick with COVID-19. This video shows some things you should do. CDC
  • Fight Germs: Wash Hands Video. This handwashing demonstration will show you how handwashing can get rid of germs and chemicals that get on our hands every day. CDC
  • How to Make Your Own Face Covering. Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams, shares ways to create your own face covering in a few easy steps.
  • How to Properly Use A Cloth Face Covering. Dr. Betsey Tilson, State Health Director & Chief Medical Officer for NC Department of Health and Human Services, shows you how to properly use a cloth face covering over your nose and mouth to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
  • Cómo Usar Correctamente Una Cubierta Facial de Tela. Aprenda cómo usar adecuadamente una cara de tela que cubre su nariz y boca para ayudar a disminuir la propagación de COVID-19. Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos de Carolina del Norte. (How to Properly Use A Face Covering in Spanish)
  • Reducing COVID-19 Anxiety and Stress. Dr Carrie Brown, Chief Medical Officer for Behavioral Health & IDD (Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities), NC Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Secretary Cohen: Do you know your Three Ws? NC Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen on the 3 Ws: Wear a face covering. Wait six feet apart. Wash your hands.

Cancer Branch Information

Last Modified: 11-4-2020