MIAMI (CBS Miami)
Cancer treatment can affect the immune system and make patients more susceptible to infections.
Many medical groups recommend that most cancer patients and survivors receive the COVID-19 vaccine, but there are some doubts about the effectiveness of injections in this group.
Researchers at The Ohio State University Center for Cancer have begun research to understand how vaccines affect these patients.
“Some patients haven’t measured the antibody response as good as we want,” said Dr. Peter Shields, who leads the study. “But I’m not sure if that’s enough protection, so it’s quite possible that there is a subset of patients who need to get boosters more often. This is what we’re trying to figure out. Thing.”
Vaccinated patients with or without cancer are enrolled in the study. Participants will be provided with saliva samples weekly to test their COVID and blood samples to measure their immune response.
Dave Hill is participating in the study. “This is one of the things that made it possible to join and give back to those who helped me and those who helped others,” he said.
Even before the pandemic, the 63-year-old had to isolate himself after receiving intensive chemotherapy and a lymphoma stem cell transplant.
“I’ve been doing this since mid-2018, and I said, if you think your turmoil is weird, you should be in my position,” says Hill.
The stakes were even higher when the COVID struck.
“I was very anxious about all kinds of infections. I had to stay very diligent,” Hill said.
He hopes the vaccine will protect him and everyone else.
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