Is The Shingles Vaccine Appropriate For Breast Cancer Survivor On Arimidex?

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Asked by Betty

Is The Shingles Vaccine Appropriate For Breast Cancer Survivor On Arimidex?

I am a 67 year old Lobular breast cancer survivor currently taking arimidex. Have had very agressive chemo-therapy and radiation due to 24 cancerous lymph nodes Estrogen/progesterene positive. I am wondering about the Shingles Vaccine-- Do you have an opinion on whether it would be appropriate under my circumstances? Thank you

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The shingles vaccine is approved for people 60 years and older; however, it is not for people with a compromised immune system. Depending on how long ago you finished treatment, you may or may not have a weakened immune system. Arimidex, as you know, is a hormonal treatment. I don't know if it would affect the immune system. I'd suggest that you talk about this with both your primary care doctor and your oncologist and be sure that you mention all your prescriptions and history of any allergies before you decide. I've had shingles, and they are painful, so if you are eligible for the vaccine, it might save you misery later.

Answered by Phyllis Johnson