Lung Cancer and Vaccines for Covid-19

Posted by Merry, Volunteer Mentor @merpreb, Nov 27, 2020

Good morning everyone. I don’t know about you but I am anxiously anticipating COVID-19 vaccine roll-outs. I’m anxious because there really has been very little time for all of the kinks to be worked out, but yet, on the other hand they could save a lot of lives. They won’t be an instant miracle. You will still need to be cautious and continue protocols. And masks will continue to be our best friends.

https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mayo-clinic-research-confirms-critical-role-of-masks-in-preventing-covid-19-infection/

Please be aware that news headlines can be misleading. Please rely on only reputable sources for your information.

– What are the side effects of Pfizer’s, Moderna’s vaccines? Your questions answered https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/covid-19-vaccine-pfizer-faq-1.5795486
While some clarification is offered, there are not definitive answers. It’s still too early and testing continues.

Right now Connect lists these as the only sites trustworthy, authoritative, and with the best current information: ideally from Mayo Clinic, CDC and FDA.

If you are unsure of what to do then take your time, be cautious, ask questions. Do not do anything that you are uncomfortable with until you have reached a firm decision.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/search/research-news/10801/

I have reached my decision to have the vaccine. Side effects will be similar to the virus. This scares me but they are supposed to be milder. So I’ve decided to get them.

Have you decided?

Since I am still in treatment. I will rely solely on the advice of my oncology doctor.

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@ta52

Since I am still in treatment. I will rely solely on the advice of my oncology doctor.

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@ta52– Absolutely @ta52! How are you doing, feeling?

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@merpreb

@ta52– Absolutely @ta52! How are you doing, feeling?

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I feel a bit guilty since I am halfway through my course of immunotherapy and feel absolutely fine. My wife and I walked a 5K Thanksgiving morning and I've spent most of the weekend toting bins of Christmas decorations up from the basement with no side effects. I'm fully aware some people are nowhere near that lucky and I have been very thankful this Thanksgiving.

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Good for you! Remember to thank the Lord for blessings.

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@ta52

I feel a bit guilty since I am halfway through my course of immunotherapy and feel absolutely fine. My wife and I walked a 5K Thanksgiving morning and I've spent most of the weekend toting bins of Christmas decorations up from the basement with no side effects. I'm fully aware some people are nowhere near that lucky and I have been very thankful this Thanksgiving.

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@ta52– You should never feel guilty for feeling great! There really is no useful purpose in comparing yourself to others because everyone is so different. You are so lucky. It offers hope that others will be as lucky! Continue to be thankful and continue to offer support on Connect. Survivors give hope to others no matter their experience with treatments.

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@richcolleen

Good for you! Remember to thank the Lord for blessings.

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… and the phenomenal Medical Oncology Department at Mayo. They are the best.

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@merpreb

@ta52– You should never feel guilty for feeling great! There really is no useful purpose in comparing yourself to others because everyone is so different. You are so lucky. It offers hope that others will be as lucky! Continue to be thankful and continue to offer support on Connect. Survivors give hope to others no matter their experience with treatments.

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This experience has showed me how much progress has been made in treating certain forms of cancer. We have made tremendous gains but still much more work to do.

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@merpreb Hi, Merry! Here are my two-cents. I heard one of the media doctors whom I felt was reputable (I was thinking it was Sanjay Gupta, but now I can't find it online) comment that most adverse reactions happen within 2 months. I believe it was 95%, but you'd want to see if you could find that. That struck me as a good waiting time, and most likely would correspond with the earliest I'd likely be able to get it, by the time they go through the priority list. I'm keeping my ears and eyes open each day, though, with this ever-changing environment!

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@bluelagoon– Hi!! How are you? I bet that we are all waiting with bated breaths!

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@merpreb Just maintaining a low profile and keeping busy at home. And you?

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Hello All! I have a question for everyone's input. I will also be posing these questions to my doctors and my husbands. My husband is in treatment now for Stage IV Lung Cancer. He has received radiation and full chemo and is now on 'maintenance therapy' of one chemo drug, Alimpta and immunotherapy, Keytruda. I am his sole caretaker and I got the flu vaccine and my DPT vaccine update a few months ago but the doctors said my husband shouldn't get his vaccines (the same ones were due). What about the Covid vaccine for him? I will get the Covid Vaccine if I am able (I have severe allergies, figures right?) but if he can't and if I can't, we're left just as vulnerable as ever. I don't even let my poor husband leave the house except for his treatments at this point. Does immunotherapy and chemo mean no vaccines? Hugs

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I have terminal stage 4 lung cancer. Ive quit chemo infusion after 6 months.(due to 10 very sick days and took 10 days to recover than back for another infusion). Am on keytruda know for a year. Doing fine. I got flu shoot and was advised to get COVID shot when available. Not sure if I’ll take it but will cross that path when it comes. If you’re in question about husband taking shots check with pharmacist or primary Dr. Good luck.

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@cindylb

Hello All! I have a question for everyone's input. I will also be posing these questions to my doctors and my husbands. My husband is in treatment now for Stage IV Lung Cancer. He has received radiation and full chemo and is now on 'maintenance therapy' of one chemo drug, Alimpta and immunotherapy, Keytruda. I am his sole caretaker and I got the flu vaccine and my DPT vaccine update a few months ago but the doctors said my husband shouldn't get his vaccines (the same ones were due). What about the Covid vaccine for him? I will get the Covid Vaccine if I am able (I have severe allergies, figures right?) but if he can't and if I can't, we're left just as vulnerable as ever. I don't even let my poor husband leave the house except for his treatments at this point. Does immunotherapy and chemo mean no vaccines? Hugs

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@cindylb, those are really important questions to ask your doctors. The final word about whether someone should get the COVID vaccine will come from the team that is caring for you and for your husband, like @richcolleen did.

Mayo Clinic recently released this general information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine
– COVID-19 Vaccine https://mcforms.mayo.edu/mc3100-mc3199/mc3127-72.pdf

General information is fantastic to have, but every patient is unique and should rely on specific information from their current doctor. Also note – the information regarding COVID changes by the hour as the experts learn more about this virus. Something published today could be out of date tomorrow.

What's also important is that we all continue to follow safe practices even with the vaccine for a little while longer: masks, physical distance and diligent hand washing.

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One other thing to keep in mind is rollouts vary widely from state to state. If I were still living in the state where I was born, I would be behind the pizza delivery person rather than a +65 cancer patient with a compromised immune system and COPD. Something else to consider: we will still have a flu season so for the first time in my life I've gotten a flu shot as well as a pneumonia shot all on the advice of my care team.

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@cindylb

Hello All! I have a question for everyone's input. I will also be posing these questions to my doctors and my husbands. My husband is in treatment now for Stage IV Lung Cancer. He has received radiation and full chemo and is now on 'maintenance therapy' of one chemo drug, Alimpta and immunotherapy, Keytruda. I am his sole caretaker and I got the flu vaccine and my DPT vaccine update a few months ago but the doctors said my husband shouldn't get his vaccines (the same ones were due). What about the Covid vaccine for him? I will get the Covid Vaccine if I am able (I have severe allergies, figures right?) but if he can't and if I can't, we're left just as vulnerable as ever. I don't even let my poor husband leave the house except for his treatments at this point. Does immunotherapy and chemo mean no vaccines? Hugs

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@cindylb– Hi Cindy. You are right that you will be vulnerable if neither of you can get the new vaccine. I think that there will be some people who won't be able to get it because trials for the vaccine didn't cover every possible scenario. I'm sure that further testing will continue so that everyone will be covered. However, if your husband's doctor has said no there has to be an explanation. You need to ask him/her why.

Perhaps some immunotherapies or chemos will interfere with this new vaccine or that doctors just don't know if they will.

Please make lists to bring to the doctor with questions. You need to know the answer to why for everything!

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