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Cancer Australia FAQs COVID-19 Vaccine



  • TasiaTasia Sydney, NSWMember Posts: 122
    @Julez1958 - that was also my drs guiding advice. I also only had the sentinel lymph node removed on my left side and I had quite severe blood clotting in my right arm (result of chemo and port infections). I had the vaccination on my left as it was safer than on my right, same applies for any blood tests, etc
  • Mez_BCNAMez_BCNA VictoriaAdministrator, Staff, Member, Moderator Posts: 259
    Hi members,

    As you many of you may already be aware, The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has approved a fourth dose of a COVID-19 vaccine for people with weakened immune systems. BCNA's My Journey article regarding COVID-19 Vaccine has been updated to include more information:


    This information can also help you think about questions to ask your treating team about having the vaccine. If you are currently having treatment such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy or immunotherapy, you should discuss the type and timing of vaccination with your specialist.
  • Mez_BCNAMez_BCNA VictoriaAdministrator, Staff, Member, Moderator Posts: 259
    Hi again members,

    We have received quite a few enquiries from those affected by breast cancer who may be feeling increasingly concerned about what happens to their treatment if they contract COVID-19. Please refer to the below My Journey articles  to provide you with additional information:

    https://myjourney.org.au/article/3154refer to section 'Will my treatment be affected if I test positive to COVID-19?'
    https://myjourney.org.au/article/3158 - COVID-19 information for those with early breast cancer
    https://myjourney.org.au/article/3153 - COVID-19 information for those with metastatic breast cancer
    https://myjourney.org.au/article/3172 - COVID-19 information for those with DCIS

    Please call your GP or treating specialist for advice if you believe you may have been exposed  to COVID-19 or experiencing symptoms or call the 24hr dedicated hotline 1800 675 398.
  • noosa_blue150noosa_blue150 Buderim QLD Member Posts: 173
    As per ATAGI advice, I’ve just had my fourth covid vax - moderna ( previously AZ x2, and Pfizer x 1). Must admit a day later my arm very sore and symptoms of feeling like I have the flu, which is how I often felt over the years with influenza shots . I just had a RAT as I was visiting a friend in a nursing home and that was negative so I’m taking it easy now with a few Panadols.
  • arpiearpie Mid North Coast, NSWMember Posts: 6,086
    I heard they were saying to have a 4th one ... hope you are feeling better soon @noosa_blue150 xx
  • Not_good_63_57Not_good_63_57 Haigslea/Marburg qld Member Posts: 63
    Well I opted not to get vaccination my choice just wondering if anyone else is not vaccinated and how would the virus affect you with cancer 
  • Blossom1961Blossom1961 Regional VictoriaMember Posts: 1,950
    @Not_good_63_57 I initially decided not to be vaccinated but a friend of mine had metastatic cancer and was near the end of her life so I chose to get the vaccine for her sake. Now I am metastatic and back on chemo and refuse to visit or be visited by anyone not jabbed. I don't want the risk. Your choice but make sure you have all the facts. I am not pushing one way or the other and I am not trained to do so anyway. We need to take precautions whether we are jabbed or not so keep safe.
  • Not_good_63_57Not_good_63_57 Haigslea/Marburg qld Member Posts: 63
    So this is where I’m at 
    I tested positive to covid week before Easter I’m not vaccinated 
    symptoms were very bad headache for couple days nausea bad bit dizziness stuffy nose I gave it to my daughter she had headache fever sore throat cough we had it for bout five days now if anyone says it’s just cold well it’s not if u get it u can tell the diff between flu and covid but I really think u should have 12 days to get over it not 7 
    I also started to itch week later was put on antihistamine and steroid tablet for week 
    my bloody tests for my cancer were really good so covid didn’t affect that 
    really think it affects people different 
  • AfraserAfraser MelbourneMember Posts: 3,847
    You can take as long as you need to get over it, seven days is simply the regulatory time you should stay in isolation. And yes the virus affects people very differently, some are hardly sick at all while 67 people died in Victoria and NSW in the last 48 hours. 
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