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Topic: Risk of Coronavirus 2 years after all clear

Forum: All things COVID-19 or coronavirus —

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Posted on: Mar 26, 2020 07:32PM

Jonesbec35 wrote:

Hi my mum was cleared of breast cancer 2 years ago, she takes letrozole now and she thinks she is at high risk of getting Coronavirus, I am certain she is not but can someone please confirm


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Mar 26, 2020 07:49PM - edited Mar 26, 2020 08:19PM by Moderators

Hi Jonesbec35, and welcome to,

We're so glad you've found our Community and posted a question for your mom's safety.

You may be interested in checking out our main site's coverage of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) on our constantly updated page Coronavirus (COVID-19): What People With Breast Cancer Need to Know; specifically the section Who is at risk for getting COVID-19?

We hope this helps and that you and your mom stay safe and healthy!

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Mar 26, 2020 08:37PM Beesie wrote:

The link from the Mods is interesting but doesn't appear to specifically address what you are asking about. I think are two questions related to your mother's situation.

First, if someone is otherwise healthy and is two years out from active breast cancer treatment, are they at higher risk of either catching the disease or becoming seriously ill should they catch the disease?

Second, does Letrozole (and other AIs and Tamoxifen) affect the immune system in a way that could increase risk?

I may be wrong, but to my understanding, Letrozole is not considered "active treatment" and does not affect the immune system. Therefore on it's own, I don't believe that it would increase your mother's risk to catch COVID-19 or put her at higher risk of serious illness should she acquire the disease.

Did you mother have chemo and radiation? Those two treatments could reduce the ability of the immune system to react to an illness, but if your mother had few problems and has recovered well, I don't know if there would be any lingering impact on the immune system two years later,

How old is your mother? Being older does mean that one is at higher risk of becoming more seriously ill should you catch the disease.

Dx 9/15/2005 Right, 7cm+, DCIS-Mi, Stage IA, Gr 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR- ** Dx 01/16/2019 Left, 8mm, IDC, Stage IA, Gr 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH) ** Surgery 11/30/2005 MX Right, 03/06/2019 MX Left ** Hormonal Therapy 05/2019 Letrozole
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Mar 27, 2020 03:21AM - edited Mar 27, 2020 03:59AM by ang7894

I was gonna ask the same thing I'm almost 8 years out. had chemo and radiation. but are we always gonna have a weaker immune system ? is there anything we can do to Boost the immune system ? to try besides washing hands and staying away from others etc.

All chemo done!! last one was April 30th 2012 radiation Done!! Last one was June 22nd 2012 tamox started on Sept 29th 2012 for 5 years!!! Herceptin until March 12th 2013 All Done!!! ER+ 68% PR+ 96% HER2NEU + 3 Angie Dx 12/1/2011, IDC, Left, 2cm, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Surgery 12/12/2011 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Chemotherapy 1/23/2012 AC + T (Taxol) Targeted Therapy 3/19/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Radiation Therapy 5/8/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 9/29/2012
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Mar 27, 2020 12:18PM Ingerp wrote:

Pretty sure there are no lasting impacts on immune system that far out of active treatment. The best we can do is follow the recommendations in the Moderator thread linked elsewhere (good diet, exercise, sleep, de-stress).

Dx 3/11/2016, DCIS, Left, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER-/PR- Surgery 3/23/2016 Lumpectomy Surgery 4/20/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 5/18/2016 Whole-breast: Breast Dx 3/2/2018, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 3/13/2018 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 5/18/2018 Taxol (paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 5/18/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Radiation Therapy 8/20/2018 Whole-breast: Breast

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