I have also looked into the shingles vacination and see that it is contra-indicated for people who have been treated for cancer. Recently I spoke with my pharmacist and he said to wait at least a year after treatment as there is a high risk of the shot inducing shingles when the imune system has been compromised. Has any one else looked into this?
Wow, very timely for me. I asked my Uro just a short time ago (at my 6 week post-op) if there were any issues with getting my annual flu shot AND a shingles vaccination. He said that would be fine.
Guess I should poke around a little more and see if I can find a second reputable source before I get it.
Anyone else have any input or suggestions for resources to check?
ETA - just found this:
"Which people should not get shingles vaccine or should wait?
A person should not get shingles vaccine who:
has ever had a life-threatening allergic reaction to gelatin, the antibiotic neomycin, or any other component of shingles vaccine. Tell your doctor if you have any severe allergies.
has a weakened immune system because of AIDS or another disease that affects the immune system; treatment with drugs that affect the immune system, such as prolonged use of high-dose steroids; cancer treatment such as radiation or chemotherapy; cancer affecting the bone marrow or lymphatic system, such as leukemia or lymphoma.
is pregnant, or might be pregnant. Women should not become pregnant until at least 4 weeks after getting shingles vaccine."
Source of this quote is here: http://www.consumerreports.org/health/prescript
So perhaps it depends more on the treatment, such as Chemo or radiation, rather than simply having prostate cancer that was treated with only surgery.
AS since 2007
2010 PSA 3.0
6/2011 PSA 6.7
7/2011 Biopsy positive Gleason 3+3=6
8/2011 daVinci; Gleason upgraded to 3+4=7
Prostate Gland 33 grams
Proportion of prostate involved 15%
Extraprostatic Extension: Indeterminate
9/2011 First Pre-op Dr. visit and PSA results
9/2011 - Proud (and thankful) member of the Zero Club
Post Edited (amick) : 9/28/2011 9:39:36 AM (GMT-6)