Topic: Vaccine booster

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Posted on: Aug 10, 2021 02:07PM

Posted on: Aug 10, 2021 02:07PM

finallyoverit wrote:

Hi everyone,

I saw my MO yesterday for a normal, check-in visit and to get results of a recent scan (all stable! 😁). I asked him if I was offered a booster vaccine (received the Pfizer vaccine many months ago and had no ill effects) should I take it. He said yes, even though I’m not considered immunocompromised, he said it wouldn’t be a bad thing to take it.

Just throwing it out there for anyone that might be wondering the same thing. This is just my MOs take on it, but I will say he trained at MD Anderson and teaches the fellows at John’s Hopkins. The 3rd or booster shot isn’t a “thing” yet, but I wanted to get his opinion in the event that I’m offered it. I was really on the fence. I don’t have any strong feeling about not taking it, but wanted to make sure that it would be something that would benefit me before accepting it.


Take care, all!


Dx 10/2011, IDC, Stage IIA, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 5/2017, Stage IV, metastasized to bone
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Aug 17, 2021 12:09PM star2017 wrote:

I spoke to my NP who said they met recently and are still determining the exact guidelines. However, she did say that I'd likely be eligible (on Verzenio) and probably would not need a doctor's note. She thought we'd be able to go into any vaccination site and get the booster, but she said I could wait for now.

CURRENT: Stage IV since 2020, bone mets to rt hip, sacrum, femur, all treated with radiation. Taking Lynparza daily. Dx 9/2017, DCIS/IDC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 4/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/16/2017 Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Right); Reconstruction (Right): Tissue Expander Chemotherapy 11/28/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 4/17/2018 Prophylactic mastectomy; Prophylactic mastectomy (Left); Reconstruction (Left): Tissue Expander; Reconstruction (Right): Silicone implant Radiation Therapy 5/21/2018 Whole breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 10/24/2018 Reconstruction (Left): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 6/18/2019 Arimidex (anastrozole) Dx 5/2021, IDC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, ER+/PR+, HER2- Targeted Therapy Verzenio Radiation Therapy External Hormonal Therapy Faslodex (fulvestrant) Local Metastases Radiation therapy: Bone
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Aug 17, 2021 06:03PM Teedoff wrote:

Got my Moderna booster today 6 months after my second shot. Took an antibody test last month which came back negative. No reaction from shot thus far, whereas I did have low grade fever on and off after second shot. My white count hangs around low normal to slightly below depending on where I am in the Taxol cycle. While I understand antibody tests have not been fine tuned, I did find out some other interesting things. Lymphocytes are the white count component that is the virus fighter. Neutrophils fight bacterial infection. My lymphocytes always low. Supposedly suppressed by steroids. Hmmm, Taxol premeds? Just wild guessing since only 3 times a month. Who knows? This whole thing is a crapshoot. Back to the bunker.

Teedoff Dx 1/2011, IDC, Left, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 10/2015, IDC, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver Chemotherapy Xeloda (capecitabine) Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane) Targeted Therapy Ibrance (palbociclib) Hormonal Therapy Faslodex (fulvestrant) Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole) Chemotherapy AC + T (Taxol) Chemotherapy Taxol (paclitaxel)
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Aug 19, 2021 09:28PM exbrnxgrl wrote:

My self contained HMO notified me that I am eligible so I have an appointment for my booster on Monday. I just want Covid19 to end!

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Aug 20, 2021 07:43AM candy-678 wrote:

Covid booster for me today. #1 was in January, #2 in February-- Moderna. I asked my MO and she agreed that I should get it. I am on Ibrance and my white blood cells stay between 1.0 - 2.0 all the time with ANC 800-1000. Going today to a local pharmacy for the booster.

Dx 6/2017, ILC/IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 9/2017, ILC/IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Targeted Therapy 11/1/2017 Ibrance (palbociclib) Targeted Therapy 11/1/2017 Ibrance (palbociclib) Targeted Therapy 11/1/2017 Ibrance (palbociclib) Targeted Therapy 11/1/2017 Ibrance (palbociclib) Hormonal Therapy 11/1/2017 Femara (letrozole) Dx 4/2021, ER-/PR+, HER2- Targeted Therapy 9/1/2021 Targeted Therapy 9/1/2021 Targeted Therapy 9/1/2021 Targeted Therapy 9/1/2021 translation missing: en.treatments.targeted_therapy.targeted_therapy_medicine.short_options.lynparza Targeted Therapy Ibrance (palbociclib) Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole), Zoladex (goserelin) Chemotherapy AC Surgery Lymph node removal; Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Left)
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Aug 20, 2021 08:33AM Teedoff wrote:

I spoke too soon. Moderna booster side effects kicked in the following day. Mostly fatigue and low grade fever for 24 hours. Gone now but wiped me out. Resting today. Still very glad I got the shot.

Teedoff Dx 1/2011, IDC, Left, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 10/2015, IDC, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver Chemotherapy Xeloda (capecitabine) Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane) Targeted Therapy Ibrance (palbociclib) Hormonal Therapy Faslodex (fulvestrant) Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole) Chemotherapy AC + T (Taxol) Chemotherapy Taxol (paclitaxel)
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Aug 20, 2021 09:02AM serenitystat wrote:

Teedoff - It's a crapshoot, but you've loaded the die in your favor. 👍

🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ . . . . . "Do not overlook the little joys!" (Hesse, 1905) 🐶Dx.11/2015.IDC.L.IIIC.10/11nodes.++- ☕️12/2015.L.Mast 🛀2/2016.4AC.12Taxol.fasted 🖼9/2016.Rads.Nodes.ChestWall.15+4boosts 🥐10/2016.Tamox(2.5y) 🌲4/2019.Exemestane 🎭12/2019.Ibrance/Xgeva 🕊
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Aug 20, 2021 09:25AM Teedoff wrote:

Thanks, Serenity. No regrets! Onward.

Teedoff Dx 1/2011, IDC, Left, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 10/2015, IDC, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver Chemotherapy Xeloda (capecitabine) Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane) Targeted Therapy Ibrance (palbociclib) Hormonal Therapy Faslodex (fulvestrant) Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole) Chemotherapy AC + T (Taxol) Chemotherapy Taxol (paclitaxel)
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Aug 20, 2021 09:59AM snow-drop wrote:

I got my shots April, I guess it is a little early for me (less than 6 months) to get a booster, but confirmed cases with delta variant is quite high in our county and state, plus my family do not wear masks since they are fully vaccinated. On the other hand, if I wait -to fill 6 months- until October, I mighlose immunocompromise priority, booster will open to public September 20(I guess), I don’t know what to do...

De Novo stage IV Dx 9/2019, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/other, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2-, IHC Radiation Therapy External Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole) Targeted Therapy Ibrance (palbociclib) Hormonal Therapy Zoladex (goserelin) Local Metastases Radiation therapy: Bone
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Aug 20, 2021 10:24AM candy-678 wrote:

Snow-drop-- Yes, it opens to the public Sept 20. But how will they roll it out? Who knows. Like the initial roll out? Nurses, front line workers, nursing home residents. Those that got it early at first will get first dibs at the booster? They all got their shots in what Dec, Jan, Feb so they are 6-8 months out now. So do they need boosters first? I wonder if this #3 shot will last as long. Will we be looking at a #4 shot 6 months from now? No one knows. This is all so new to everyone.

Dx 6/2017, ILC/IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 9/2017, ILC/IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Targeted Therapy 11/1/2017 Ibrance (palbociclib) Targeted Therapy 11/1/2017 Ibrance (palbociclib) Targeted Therapy 11/1/2017 Ibrance (palbociclib) Targeted Therapy 11/1/2017 Ibrance (palbociclib) Hormonal Therapy 11/1/2017 Femara (letrozole) Dx 4/2021, ER-/PR+, HER2- Targeted Therapy 9/1/2021 Targeted Therapy 9/1/2021 Targeted Therapy 9/1/2021 Targeted Therapy 9/1/2021 translation missing: en.treatments.targeted_therapy.targeted_therapy_medicine.short_options.lynparza Targeted Therapy Ibrance (palbociclib) Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole), Zoladex (goserelin) Chemotherapy AC Surgery Lymph node removal; Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Left)
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Aug 20, 2021 10:42AM serenitystat wrote:

Snow-Drop - Can you get tested for antibodies? I don't know where you are, but even fully-vaccinated people can get infected by the delta variant. The vaccine reduces the severity of symptoms. My family and I wear masks as an additional layer to prevent infection.

Candy - Some other vaccines require multiple shots to take full effect. A vaccine expert did expect a 3rd shot when the first 2 doses were given close together (3-4 weeks). The optimal dose interval is somewhere between 8-12 weeks. We may need annual boosters.

🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ . . . . . "Do not overlook the little joys!" (Hesse, 1905) 🐶Dx.11/2015.IDC.L.IIIC.10/11nodes.++- ☕️12/2015.L.Mast 🛀2/2016.4AC.12Taxol.fasted 🖼9/2016.Rads.Nodes.ChestWall.15+4boosts 🥐10/2016.Tamox(2.5y) 🌲4/2019.Exemestane 🎭12/2019.Ibrance/Xgeva 🕊

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