Are there any contraindications for a breast cancer survivor receiving a shingles vaccine? I had estrogen receptor positive breast cancer with 1 positive sentinel node in 2004. I received chemotherapy and radiation at that time and am currently taking Arimidex daily. I am 60 years old this month and would like to avoid shingles as I had chicken pox when I was little, but I don't want to increase a chance for recurrence of breast cancer. There was some confusion when I asked a nurse at the county health department since I did have a positive lymph node. I have received my influenza vaccine every year and hope that there are no contraindications for it.
I had an episode of shingles after my chemo. I was in isolation for a week. I asked this question to my oncologist. He said if I had shingles, the vaccine would not help me. BUt I don't think he was sure. From what I am going through, I feel they should give people a shingles vaccine as a precaution before starting the chemo. But I don't think there is enough knowledge among oncologists on this topic.
Thanks for your quick response, I appreciate it. That is an interesting idea to immunize people against shingles before chemo and I would hope it is something that is being studied. It makes sense that when your immune system is weakened by chemo you are susceptible to shingles. At least those of us are who had chicken pox as a child. I am going to ask my oncologist his opinion at my next appointment. That must have been a horrible experience to be hit with shingles right after chemo.
Not sure about the shingles vaccination....but you asked about the flu shot also...that is NOT contraindicated...in fact I was told when I was diagnosed to get it before starting the chemo...and I continue to get it every year.
Copyright 1994-2016MedHelp International.All rights reserved. MedHelp is a division of Aptus Health.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.