I recently finished my chemo after surgery. Wondering if I should have a flu shot or anything else preventive?
Suzanne Walker CRNP, MSN, AOCN, Nurse Practitioner for Thoracic Malignancies at Penn Medicine responds:
It is usually safe to get a flu shot once the chemotherapy has finished. You can talk to your oncologist about it to make sure that he/she agrees.
Carolyn Vachani, RN, MSN, AOCN OncoLink Nurse Educator responds:
Learn more about flu shots and people with cancer.
This question and answer was part of the OncoLink Brown Bag Chat Series. View the entire transcript from the Focus on Lung Cancer Webchat.
May 25, 2012 - A pancreatic cancer vaccine, algenpantucel-L, may improve survival when added to standard therapy; and a four-dimensional elastic light scattering fingerprinting technology optic probe may allow pancreatic cancer to be diagnosed during endoscopy, according to two studies presented at the annual Digestive Disease Week, held from May 19 to 22 in San Diego.