Covid 19 vaccine

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stu
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Re: Covid 19 vaccine

Postby stu » Sat Jan 09, 2021 4:17 am

We had 68000 covid cases reported in one day here in the UK . Not sure how we can vaccinate quicker than it is spreading ! That’s with full lockdown from the 26 th of Dec in some parts .
Suddenly feels it has the upper hand .

Stu
supporter to my mum who lives a great life despite a difficult diagnosis
stage4 2009 significant spread to liver
2010 colon /liver resection
chemo following recurrence
73% of liver removed
enjoying life treatment free
2016 lung resection
Oct 2017 nice clear scan . Two lung nodules disappeared
Oct 2018. Another clear scan .

weisssoccermom
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Re: Covid 19 vaccine

Postby weisssoccermom » Sat Jan 09, 2021 9:11 pm

I had my first shot of the Moderna vaccine this past Thursday. A slight headache and some minor lightheadedness. However, to be fair, I didn't get much sleep the night before and due to an early 'Mom, my car broke down...can you help'.....I didn't have anything to eat before I had to run out the door to work. BP, Oxygen and pulse were all normal and after some juice, I felt better. Nothing other than that. Can't realistically say that those side effects weren't due to lack of sleep & food. At any rate, here I am two days later and the ONLY side effect I have had is a teeny tiny bruise at the site of my injection. Heck, I'll take that any day over COVID. My friend just called. Another friend of ours, the husband of a woman who died from cancer, just passed away from COVID at age 64. This now has become very personal for me. I've known of a few, younger and very healthy people who have had COVID and survived, but this is the first person that I know that has actually died from this disease. Yes, this man had diabetes and Parkinson's which likely made it worse for him.

My message....this is very real. COVID kills and, IMO, the vaccine is well worth it. Think about it.....and make your own decision. When I got the call that I had an appointment, I was concerned because 12 days earlier, I had had two vaccinations.....my second shingles shot and my pneumonia vaccine. The CDC recommends waiting 14 days after any vaccination but ultimately, the decision was in the hands of my doctor. She was quite clear. The precautionary recommendation issued by the CDC wasn't based on ANY known adverse side effects and ultimately, she told me.....the slight potential risk of having more severe side effects from the Moderna shot was nothing compared to the risks of getting COVID. I got my first shot and immediately scheduled my second for February 4th.

I will still be careful, practice social distancing, stay home as much as possible, wear my mask and do all the other things that are recommended.
Dx 6/22/2006 IIA rectal cancer
6 wks rad/Xeloda -finished 9/06
1st attempt transanal excision 11/06
11/17/06 XELOX 1 cycle
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Sonofafighter
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Re: Covid 19 vaccine

Postby Sonofafighter » Wed Jan 13, 2021 4:25 am

I am planning on getting the shot today (Sinopharm is available in my country). Dad starts Chemo in 1-2 weeks and while he may not be able to get it (Oncologist would push back chemo if he did), i feel I owe it to him to be protected while around him and not carry a virus when i am with him.

roadrunner
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Re: Covid 19 vaccine

Postby roadrunner » Wed Jan 13, 2021 12:43 pm

Sonofafighter:

This may or may not matter to you, but I just saw a news report in US media that Sinopharm results showed only 50% effectiveness in Brazil, much lower than reported initially. Again, I don’t know how credible this is, or whether it even matters to you, but just thought I’d pass it along in case you might want to look into it.
7/19: Rectal cancer: Initially staged as IIIA, T2N1M0
Initially approx 4.25 cm, low/mid rectum, mod. well diff. adenocarcinoma
8/22 -10/14 4 rounds FOLFOX neoadjuvant, 3 w/Oxiplatin (lots of side effects/reduced size est. 70-75%)
Switched to neoadjuvant chemorad in 11/19 (Xeloda and approx. IMRT, 60 Gy, 33 fractions)
Trying to achieve cCR.

Usmccolon
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Re: Covid 19 vaccine

Postby Usmccolon » Thu Jan 14, 2021 2:19 pm

Just keep in mind that you can't get any meaningful data on long term side effects now that moderna and pfizer and giving the real vaccine to placebo group.

But yea people should so what they want and should make an informed decision that's right for them.

kandj
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Re: Covid 19 vaccine

Postby kandj » Thu Jan 14, 2021 8:04 pm

Dh got the pfizer shot last week. I know everyone has their own opinions (some informed, some not so much) about vaccinations but I am all for them. Our three boys have also or are going to receive the HPV vaccine (youngest will get his in 2 yrs). Anything we can do to keep from infecting others or contracting a disease, we will do!
wife to DH, dx 8/15 stage IV @36, numerous unresectable liver Mets
resection and HAI placed 12/15
Liver resect 5/19/2016 15-20 mets (surgeon lost count, but it hopeful he got it all!)
Recurrence 7/2017 4 Liver mets and one possible lung met
Radiation on liver Mets 12/17
Lung met 10/18
VATS on lung met 11/18 started xeloda
Chemo break 6/19-11/19 lung/adrenal gland recurrence 11/19
Adrenal ablation2/20 Robotic Assisted VATS 3/20 Xeloda again
9/2020 SBRT on Adrenal Met 11/2020 New liver met to deal with

Jannine
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Re: Covid 19 vaccine

Postby Jannine » Sat Jan 16, 2021 2:59 pm

My sister is a medical lab tech in a hospital, and she just got her second shot of the Pfizer vaccine in the past week. My parents are in their late 70s and they got their first dose this past week (in North Carolina). I'm in Maryland and we are behind North Carolina, schedule-wise. It sounds like there's not too much red tape in Maryland, at least.

My husband and I will go get the vaccine as soon as we can. The fact that I've had colon cancer does not bump me up much higher on the list at age 51, as far as I can tell. I would cede priority to those who are currently going through chemo-radiation, obviously.
DX: sigmoid colon cancer 5/2018. 48 F
laparoscopic sigmoid resection (24 cm removed); no stoma.
7.5cm adenocarcinoma -- mod. diff.
1 noncontiguous tumor deposit removed; 0/31 lymph nodes
T3 pN1c M0
5/18 before surgery, CEA 11.2
6/18 began FOLFOX
7/18: CEA 1.9; added neulasta post infusion
9/18: CEA 2.8
10/18: 25% chemo reduction
11/18: CEA 1.8
7/19 CT scan clear

Beckster
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Re: Covid 19 vaccine

Postby Beckster » Thu Jan 21, 2021 8:00 am

Thought I would chime in on this topic. I am from NJ, which was one of the hardest hit states. Right now, the virus is running rampant for a second time and actually hitting people worse than the first wave from March. I will be getting the Pfizer vaccine on Tuesday. I emailed my oncologist to make sure it was safe for me to take because I had an anaphylaxis reaction to my first oxaliplatin infusion. He told me to get the vaccine...yes I am very nervous about getting the vaccine, but I was nervous taking chemo for 6 months too. I figured that I did everything to make sure that my cancer did not return, so I am doing everything I can to make sure I do not get Covid.
57/F
DX:(CC) 10/19/16
11/4/16- Lap right hemi(cecum)
CEA- Pre Op (1.9), Pre Chemo (2.5)
Type: Adenocarcinoma
Tumor size:3.5 cm x 2.5 x 0.7 cm
Grade: G3 (path) G2 (pre-op)
TNM: T3N0M0/IIA
LN: 0/24
LVI present
Surgical margins: clear
MSS
12/27/2016 - Capeox, anaphylactic reaction
1/2/17 to 6/9/17- Xeloda
6/17,12/17,6/18,12/18,6/19,12/19,12/20 CT Scan NED :D
CEA- 6/17- 3.6, 9/17- 2.8 12/17-2.8, 3/18-3.1, 6/18-3.0, 9/18 2.8, 12/18 2.5 3/19 3.1 6/19 3.1 9/19 2.6 12/19 2.8 6/20 3.0 12/20 2.7
Clear Colonoscopy 10/17, 11/19 :D

boxhill
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Re: Covid 19 vaccine

Postby boxhill » Thu Jan 21, 2021 2:33 pm

FWIW my sister's PCP told her that the previous allergies that seem to be associated with reactions to the vaccine are to shellfish.
F, 64 at DX CRC Stage IV
3/17/18 blockage, r hemi
11 of 25 LN,5 mesentery nodes
5mm liver met
pT3 pN2b pM1
BRAF wild, KRAS G12D
dMMR, MSI-H
5/18 FOLFOX
7/18 and 11/18 CT NED
12/18 MRI 5mm liver mass, 2 LNs in porta hepatis
12/31/18 Keytruda
6/19 Multiphasic CT LNs normal, Liver stable
6/28/19 Pause Key, predisone for joint pain
7/31/19 Restart Key
9/19 CT stable
Pain: all fails but Celebrex
12/23/19 CT stable
5/19 MRI stable/NED
Stop Key
All MRIs NED

weisssoccermom
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Re: Covid 19 vaccine

Postby weisssoccermom » Sun Jan 24, 2021 8:55 pm

Beckster,

Hopefully this will help calm your fears a bit. I, too, had an allergic reaction to oxi after the first does....and nothing from my first COVID shot other than a slight headache and lightheadedness. I am also allergic to some darn many drugs.....some give me a horrible rash but most give me hives and I can have issues breathing.....and I was really nervous about the COVID vaccine. Tell the person who is giving you the vaccine that you have had previous allergic reactions to drugs and they will inform the person that is in the next room with you for that extra 15 minutes. Likely they will keep you longer. My PCP was adamant that I had to remain with them for at least 30 minutes....and I'm glad she said something because it calmed my fears a TON just knowing that they were keeping an eye on me.

You'll almost certainly do well. I'm up for my next shot in 12 days and am nervous about this one as well.....only because I have heard that the second shots usually give one more side effects (not allergic reactions). However, I'll take a day or two of unpleasant side effects like a fever, chills, muscle aches, etc. as opposed to a stay in the hospital with COVID. My getting vaccinated may not make a huge difference to some people but its one teeny step to helping us ALL get back to normal sooner rather than later.
Dx 6/22/2006 IIA rectal cancer
6 wks rad/Xeloda -finished 9/06
1st attempt transanal excision 11/06
11/17/06 XELOX 1 cycle
5 months Xeloda only Dec '06 - April '07
10+ blood clots, 1 DVT 1/07
transanal excision 4/20/07 path-NO CANCER CELLS!
NED now and forever!
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Beckster
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Re: Covid 19 vaccine

Postby Beckster » Mon Jan 25, 2021 10:15 am

weisssoccermom wrote:Beckster,

Hopefully this will help calm your fears a bit. I, too, had an allergic reaction to oxi after the first does....and nothing from my first COVID shot other than a slight headache and lightheadedness. I am also allergic to some darn many drugs.....some give me a horrible rash but most give me hives and I can have issues breathing.....and I was really nervous about the COVID vaccine. Tell the person who is giving you the vaccine that you have had previous allergic reactions to drugs and they will inform the person that is in the next room with you for that extra 15 minutes. Likely they will keep you longer. My PCP was adamant that I had to remain with them for at least 30 minutes....and I'm glad she said something because it calmed my fears a TON just knowing that they were keeping an eye on me.

You'll almost certainly do well. I'm up for my next shot in 12 days and am nervous about this one as well.....only because I have heard that the second shots usually give one more side effects (not allergic reactions). However, I'll take a day or two of unpleasant side effects like a fever, chills, muscle aches, etc. as opposed to a stay in the hospital with COVID. My getting vaccinated may not make a huge difference to some people but its one teeny step to helping us ALL get back to normal sooner rather than later.


Thank you! I never found anyone who was allergic on their first infusion like me. I am happy to hear that you had no problems...it reassuring. I was suppose to get my vaccine tomorrow, but the hospital cancelled my appt. They over booked and do not have enough dosages for people to get the second dose. They are calling us in order of appt to reschedule. I hope it does not take long. Let me know how you make out when you get your second dose. Thanks again!
57/F
DX:(CC) 10/19/16
11/4/16- Lap right hemi(cecum)
CEA- Pre Op (1.9), Pre Chemo (2.5)
Type: Adenocarcinoma
Tumor size:3.5 cm x 2.5 x 0.7 cm
Grade: G3 (path) G2 (pre-op)
TNM: T3N0M0/IIA
LN: 0/24
LVI present
Surgical margins: clear
MSS
12/27/2016 - Capeox, anaphylactic reaction
1/2/17 to 6/9/17- Xeloda
6/17,12/17,6/18,12/18,6/19,12/19,12/20 CT Scan NED :D
CEA- 6/17- 3.6, 9/17- 2.8 12/17-2.8, 3/18-3.1, 6/18-3.0, 9/18 2.8, 12/18 2.5 3/19 3.1 6/19 3.1 9/19 2.6 12/19 2.8 6/20 3.0 12/20 2.7
Clear Colonoscopy 10/17, 11/19 :D

boxhill
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Re: Covid 19 vaccine

Postby boxhill » Wed Feb 03, 2021 11:58 am

Here in Maine they seem to be still restricting the vaccine for the non-medical, non-nursing home population to people 70 and older. My cancer center has no doses to give to patients, my PCP has no way to influence the scheduling process.

You can "pre-register" by phone. The automated system takes your birthday, address, and phone number. No questions about risk factors at all. The message says they may be moving to Group 1B by "late January." Not as far as I know. I had to search quite a bit to find out about this phone number.

Meanwhile, my sister in another state was able to sign up for a thing where you could be called on certain days if there were extra doses to give out, and she got her vaccination. (She is 72) They have no such arrangement here, AFAIK.
F, 64 at DX CRC Stage IV
3/17/18 blockage, r hemi
11 of 25 LN,5 mesentery nodes
5mm liver met
pT3 pN2b pM1
BRAF wild, KRAS G12D
dMMR, MSI-H
5/18 FOLFOX
7/18 and 11/18 CT NED
12/18 MRI 5mm liver mass, 2 LNs in porta hepatis
12/31/18 Keytruda
6/19 Multiphasic CT LNs normal, Liver stable
6/28/19 Pause Key, predisone for joint pain
7/31/19 Restart Key
9/19 CT stable
Pain: all fails but Celebrex
12/23/19 CT stable
5/19 MRI stable/NED
Stop Key
All MRIs NED

weisssoccermom
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Re: Covid 19 vaccine

Postby weisssoccermom » Fri Feb 05, 2021 5:45 pm

So, had dose #2 of Moderna yesterday afternoon. Headache started within 10 minutes and some lightheadeness...following the exact same pattern after my first dose. Headache was BAD last night and Tylenol barely touched it. BTW...no Tylenol or ibuprofen for six hours after injection. That was fun! A few aches last night but didn't last more than 30 minutes. I also injured myself the day before so who knows if the muscle aches wasn't attributable to that.....especially since it was a very limited area of aches. No fever, no chills, no sore arm, no lethargy and no widespread muscle aches. A whopper of a headache (seriously I don't know how people who are plagued by them stay sane) last night...ALL NIGHT...and a lesser manageable one today.. If that's the extent of my side effects...I am VERY grateful. I will take those anyday over getting COVID! Now I want to start planning a summer trip (hopefully) to see my grandson and #2 that's due to arrive in early July. :D
Dx 6/22/2006 IIA rectal cancer
6 wks rad/Xeloda -finished 9/06
1st attempt transanal excision 11/06
11/17/06 XELOX 1 cycle
5 months Xeloda only Dec '06 - April '07
10+ blood clots, 1 DVT 1/07
transanal excision 4/20/07 path-NO CANCER CELLS!
NED now and forever!
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roadrunner
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Re: Covid 19 vaccine

Postby roadrunner » Wed Feb 17, 2021 10:55 am

I received my second Pfizer shot yesterday, thought I’d follow Weissoccermom’s lead and give a report. After the first shot I had moderate arm soreness, somewhere between a flu shot and a tetanus shot. It was mostly resolved the next day, but I felt little twinges for a total of 3 days. Maybe a tiny bit “wonky” for a few hours the evening on the day I got it. Yesterday after shot#2 I had similar arm soreness, spread a little bit more to the shoulder, and I did feel mild overall sickness overnight. No fever I think, but a bit weak, tired, and just “yucky.” It’s much better this morning. So my anecdotal report would be: I wouldn’t plan on a fast 10K the day after shot#2, but it was, for me at least, no big deal. For those with any concern about needles (I have to believe most of us have overcome that, but just in case), this is the least “noticeable” shot you will ever get. It’s a small bore needle and an incredibly quick vaccination. If you look away you might miss the fact that you got it.
7/19: Rectal cancer: Initially staged as IIIA, T2N1M0
Initially approx 4.25 cm, low/mid rectum, mod. well diff. adenocarcinoma
8/22 -10/14 4 rounds FOLFOX neoadjuvant, 3 w/Oxiplatin (lots of side effects/reduced size est. 70-75%)
Switched to neoadjuvant chemorad in 11/19 (Xeloda and approx. IMRT, 60 Gy, 33 fractions)
Trying to achieve cCR.

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horizon
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Re: Covid 19 vaccine

Postby horizon » Wed Feb 17, 2021 7:04 pm

roadrunner wrote:For those with any concern about needles (I have to believe most of us have overcome that, but just in case)


Oh how I wish that were true for me. :(
I'm just a dude who still can't believe he had a resection and went through chemo (currently 9 years NED). Is this real life?


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