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Apr 3, 2021 07:07PM
I share your frustration but it is pretty clear they were prioritizing the lower mainland as patients had their letters on the same day they were supposed to be mailed out. Canada Post is never going to be that efficient. It took several days before folks started getting them on the island.
With regards to early stagers, I agree that it was likely an issue of logistics. There are many of us stage IV individuals who are on hormone therapy but would still be considered quite vulnerable. I only shifted to chemo in January but have an issue with my lung due to pleural effusion. I know if I had COVID it would have been bad. And some hormone related treatments (for example Ibrance) have a significant impact on the immune system. Also, depending on how far out you are from chemo, you may still have a lowered immune system.
All to say, given that the hope is that everyone gets vaccinated by summer, the effort required to delve into patient situations to such a granular level would simply not be worth it. I wouldn’t read to much into it. All I know is I’m thrilled to be scheduled for my jab as time is precious these days.
4/2001, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/10 nodes, ER+
5/10/2001 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary
12/17/2001 Whole-breast: Breast
12/20/2001 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
1/2/2007 Femara (letrozole)
10/22/2007 Arimidex (anastrozole)
1/3/2017, IDC, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/lungs, ER+/PR+, HER2-
1/27/2017 Taxol (paclitaxel)
3/28/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole)
4/20/2017 Ibrance (palbociclib)
10/12/2017, IDC, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to other
10/20/2017 Xeloda (capecitabine)
11/15/2017 External: Bone
1/18/2018 Faslodex (fulvestrant)
8/2/2018 External: Bone
11/5/2018 External: Bone
11/3/2020 External: Bone
1/22/2021, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IV, metastasized to liver, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2-
2/4/2021 Xeloda (capecitabine)