The COVID-19 pandemic has made a difficult disease even more complicated for bladder cancer patients. Should those undergoing treatment for the disease get vaccinated before having a procedure or surgery? What about getting a vaccine either before, during or after chemotherapy?
Dr. Seth Lerner of Baylor College of Medicine, a bladder cancer doctor, and Dr. Laila Woc-Colburn, an infectious disease doctor at Emory Healthcare, tackle these questions and more with “Bladder Cancer Matters” host Rick Bangs.
They also discuss:
- Does the vaccination reduce or completely eliminate one’s risk of contracting the virus?
- Is one type of vaccine better?
- How can patients minimize the risk of a COVID vaccination interfering with their bladder cancer treatment?
- How should patients time their vaccination with their treatment schedules?
- Are there COVID vaccine side effects that are similar to bladder cancer treatment side effects?
- Can BCG reduce the risk of getting COVID?
This podcast episode was brought to you by Merck, a proud sponsor of Bladder Cancer Matters.