Should Cancer Patients Get Experimental COVID-19 Vaccines?
Should cancer patients be vaccinated with the experimental COVID-19 vaccines? Kelvin Lee, M.D., Chair of Immunology at Roswell Park and a member of the New York State COVID-19 Clinical Advisory Task Force, answers this and other key questions.
As an example, 'Very little is known right now about the interactions of the vaccine with cancer therapy. Your cancer treatments would probably have a negative effect on the vaccine because the vaccine works with your immune system, and most cancer treatments suppress your immune response. It may be that the vaccine won’t work very well in people who are in active treatment,' posted Dr. Lee on December 7, 2020.