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Breast Cancer Patients and COVID-19 Vaccinations

Should breast cancer patients receive one of the new COVID-19 vaccines? Several of these COVID-19 Vaccines are now available on a sliding scale throughout the United States and elsewhere. Breast (and other) Cancer patients are asking “is it safe for me to get the vaccine”? This safety issue has proven to be quite confusing and adds to the stress level of those very patients. Other questions abound including “is it safe for me to get the vaccine while still in active treatment”?

Background On The Vaccines

At the present time, there are two vaccines being administered in the US. The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines recently received approval from the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) following extensive trials, with each involving many thousands of participants. The science behind these trials was highly scrutinized and an independent body gave both the approval necessary to allow for high-speed production, storage and implementation. (Note: the cancer community was minimally represented in these trials). Both vaccines are believed to be 94+% effective. Apparently, the only vaccine with a greater efficacy is the measles vaccine that comes in at the 98th percentile.

It is well known that cancer and the corresponding treatments have the tendency to diminish a patient’s immune system. Does this make them more vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus or to vaccine? And how about metastatic breast cancer patients? All great questions.

“The Centers for Disease Control has a committee that determines how to equitably distribute all vaccines. Known as the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, or ACIP, it currently recommends COVID-19 vaccines be distributed in phases and tiers. Dr. Steve Pergam, director of infection prevention at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, said the vaccine is going first to the groups most at risk: health care workers, people in long-term care facilities, people over 75 and front line essential workers.”[1] Then come people with additional medical issues, such as cancer.

At a recent - Thursday Night Thrivers Meet Up, we queried our community to see if they 1)planned on getting the vaccine, 2) already received the vaccine and 3) if they had the vaccination, which vaccine did they get and 4) did they experience any side effects. We acknowledge that our survey was not scientific but it did serve to help inform our community and provide an engaging conversation for share and tell. Several members, including an ICU nurse, and an ER physician had received one or the other vaccines and only one experienced exhaustion side effects. Her fatigue and headaches lasted approximately 36 hours, but now she feels fine and more importantly didn’t miss work in the ICU (Thank you to all of front line workers!)

So is the vaccine safe and should cancer patients avail themselves to them? Scientists and doctors involved in the studies feel strongly that the vaccines are safe and that everyone should get vaccinated. At we do advise you to research the issue and discuss with your medical team care team directly. They have also have recommendations to receive the vaccination in-between treatment cycles etc. We do plan to get vaccinated and will keep everyone updated on when and what the experience is like!





Meditation Mondays:

Chakra Chanting with Gloria

Mondays at 10:00 a.m. ET 


Thursday Night Thrivers:

All Stages Support Group

Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. ET



Thursday Night Thrivers:

Metastatic Breast Cancer Support Group

First and third Thursdays

of the month at 7:00 p.m. ET



Thursday Night Thrivers:

Inflammatory Breast Cancer Support Group

Second Thursday

of the month at 7:00 p.m. ET


The Caregiver Huddle

Third Tuesday

of the month at 7:00 p.m. ET


Tuesday Night Thrivers

Después de un Diagnóstico:

Grupo de Apoyo en Español

2do y Cuarto Martes de cada mes 

7:00 p.m. ET


Encourage and Empower

For Newly Diagnosed

September 10, 11:00 a.m. ET


Breast Cancer Book Club

The first Sunday of the month



July 19,  10:00 a.m. ET


Restorative Yoga:

Unearthing Opportunities

July 15 ,  5:30 p.m. ET


Reflect & Recharge

Expressive Writing

July 22,  6:00 p.m. ET


Art Therapy

August 5, 6:00 p.m. ET


Yoga Fitness with Chair Assist

August 13, 11:30 a.m. ET


Forest Bathing

August 13,  6:00 p.m. ET


Yoga Stretching for DIEP flap

August 20,  6:00 p.m. ET


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Upcoming Events


Surviving Breast Cancer provides breast cancer support, events, and webinars at no cost to you! Whether you are looking to gain more knowledge on a particular topic or meet up with other breast cancer survivors, we have something for everyone. 


Our standing appointment on Thursdays is for all stages. We also host specific breakout groups once a month for specific stages and subtypes such as Metastatic breast cancer, and Inflammatory Breast Cancer, etc. 


The Book Club meets the first Sunday of every month at 11 am ET. You are welcome to join each month or pick and choose your month based on your availability and the book we are reading. 


Through art, writing, and other creative modalities, we hold the power to manage our stress, make sense of our now, and relax into moments of stillness. 


Free, monthly, online classes in restorative yoga, yoga for breast cancer, and Zumba. 


Después de un Diagnóstico

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