Breast Cancer And The Covid Vaccine: What You Need To Know
- Breast Cancer and the COVID Vaccine: What you Need to Know
Women who are being treated for breast cancer, were recently treated, or have survived the disease, should get the COVID vaccine as soon they can, according to Carla Falkson, M.D., leader of the breast cancer service line at the Wilmot Cancer Institute.
I cant emphasize enough that if we can build herd immunity, the coronavirus wont be able to divide and produce variants, Falkson said. I really believe we should all get the vaccine. Your close contacts, household members, anyone you interact with regularly, should also be vaccinated. We need to protect each other.
Falkson spoke to an audience of more than 200 people at a virtual community event organized by the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester on Feb. 24, 2021.
Here are the key messages she delivered about the COVID vaccine and breast cancer with a few caveats and explanations:
- The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which use mRNA technology, are definitely safe for our cancer patients, and are also safe while they are receiving chemotherapy, she said. Both vaccines have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration , and are available in New York state.
- Will the COVID vaccine interact with, or interfere with, hormonal therapies commonly prescribed for breast cancer, such as aromatase inhibitors? No. The vaccine is appropriate for these women.
- What about radiation therapy? Its okay to get the vaccine while receiving this treatment.
Breast Cancer Coalition Of Rochester Sponsorship
Western Region Off-Track Betting President and CEO Henry Wojtaszek presented representatives from the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester with a check for $19,653 to help support their efforts as they support those to have been touched by breast or gynecologic cancer.
On September 10th, a dinner fundraiser to benefit the BCCR was held inside the Clubhouse in conjunction with a night of racing. The money was raised by several means including the sponsorship of races by individuals and businesses located in Western NY. Some monies came from the local harness racing community as some owners, trainers, and drivers donated all or a portion of their earnings from the busy September 10th race card. Through the dinner, donations, several raffles, and auctions for items, the event raised $19,653.
We are honored to host an event that raises awareness and funds for the BCCR, Wojtaszek said. Their hard work not only funds research but does so much more. The BCCR holds educational and supports events so that members of the community can come together to learn and receive support. The BCCR advocates for legislation at the local, state, and national levels to help further along with funding in the search for a cure. This year the event held onsite was a success due to the hard work of their staff and ours.
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Raising Awareness & Funds To Support Breast Cancer Coalition Of Rochester
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer. The residents of Clover Blossom have been busy making scented sachets, pink themed flower petal votives, chocolate hearts and roses, all to raise money for BCCR of Rochester.
The items are available for purchase in our lobby and were sold at our annual BCCR event, which was held on Saturday, October 13th. The annual event included a performance by the Traveling Cabaret, raffles and a good time for all!
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Breast Cancer Coalition Of Rochester
The Coalition has helped hundreds of women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Our experience and knowledge has led us to create a space where you can come for support and education, to learn about issues impacting the breast cancer community, and if desired, to participate in events and advocacy.
If you have received a diagnosis of breast cancer, you are invited to learn about our free programs from traditional support groups, to writing workshops designed to help you process your experience, to our Gentle Yoga a class for your body, mind, and spirit.
The Coalition welcomes survivors from those newly diagnosed, to those who have many years behind them since they first heard those words you have breast cancer.