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Mid February 2021: News and literature on BRCA and SARS-CoV-2 Vaccination , reactions to COVID shots and more

Crossover stories for BRCA breast cancer and SARS-CoV-2

Folks come across us when searching and linking to BRCA and breast cancer studies because that’s been our research focus. However we’ve been doing COVID studies since the Pandemic blew up and there have been a couple of recent news/research items that link the two topics.

There is a video on Facebook by Dr Allison Kurian an oncologist linked to FORCE she is directly addressing immunization by folks with Hereditary cancer risk. She is recommending vaccination, we are sharing the link but we don’t have any special expertise that’s relevant.

Unilateral left axillary adenopathy noted 8 days after receiving the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine

A second item is a study, with newsletter coverage, about some cases of the immune response to SARS-CoV-2 vaccine causing  lymph node swelling and features that could be mistaken as  cancer related.  The point is to mention recent immunization if its close in time to visits for breast cancer screening.

SARS-CoV-2  vaccine reactions – immediately on injection vs a day or so later

nurse COVID vaccine syringe prepare

We have a study with women getting the vaccines.  The response to immunization over the following day(s) seems variable, but most of the comments seem to be in relation to the second shot which makes sense since the body is primed to respond following the initial dose.  The Atlantic had an article on the post-vaccine responses.

This kind of response is different to the immediate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine anaphylactic reactions at and around the actual time of injection. Those exist but have a pretty low incidence.

On a lighter note, the Atlantic has an article on ‘Vaccine Selfies’.

We are giving a clear indication of date on some of our COVID posts since things are always changing, some of the changes seem slow (like vaccine accessibility) but it is all ‘realtime evolution’.

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