Is corona vaccine safe for cancer patients ?


Corona vaccination has started in India including Rajasthan, but still people are scared of getting the vaccine administered. Patients suffering from serious diseases such as cancer have a lot of questions. Cancer experts say that a few cancer patients including those suffering from blood cancer will have to take care under the supervision of experts prior to getting the corona vaccine. Bhagwan Mahavir Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (BMCHRC) senior cancer expert Dr Ajay Bapna said that corona vaccine is safe for cancer patients, but according to present guidelines of National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) those patients who are undergoing treatment for blood cancer and if their blood count is less than they should not go for corona vaccine. They can get vaccinated after getting normal. Similarly, those patients who have undergone bone marrow transplant should not take this vaccine for three months along with those patients who have recently undergone surgery should get the vaccine administered after getting recovered after two to three weeks.

He said that if patients affected with solid tumours such as oral, ovarian, breast cancer are undergoing treatment then they can take the vaccine between two chemo cycles or a few days prior to starting chemotherapy. Those patients who have been successfully treated and cancer survivors can take the vaccine without any fear.

Radiation oncology department director Dr Nidhi Patni said that this vaccine is totally safe for cancer patients taking radiation therapy and can take the jab even during the therapy.

BMCHRC’s Dr Arvind Thakuria said that around 2.5 million people in the country are living with cancer, while 11,57,294 cancer patients are identified every year and 7,84,821 people are dying because of this disease. Oral, lungs and stomach cancers are increasing among men, while maximum cases of breast and cervical cancers are detected in women. Dr Thakuria said that even today cancer patients are coming to doctors at the last stage due to lack of awareness, due to which patients always have fear during the treatment whether they will completely get cured. Fear and worry put negative effects on treatment of patients.

The oncologists say that cancer can be prevented by quitting tobacco and adopting a healthy lifestyle. Women by getting vaccinated for cervical cancer in a gap of six months can prevent themselves from this disease. Women above 40 years should get mammography done to test breast cancer and pap smear done for cervical cancer. 

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