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People with blood cancers and those on chemotherapy may not respond adequately to their first two vaccine doses.
Powell had received treatment for multiple myeloma, which can lead to poorer response to COVID-19 vaccines.
Hospitals are filling up with COVID-19 patients and other medical conditions are going untreated.
Certain types of cancer treatment can lead to inadequate immune response.
The booster is recommended for organ transplant recipients, people receiving cancer treatment and people with advanced or untreated HIV.
Experts call for heightened precautions and better, more intensive therapies for COVID-19 patients with weakened immune systems.
A study from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society finds that antibody production varies widely across blood cancer types.
These findings, however, may reflect regional attitudes in Utah and the surrounding area.
Natural immunity and vaccine responses may be weaker in people with immune suppression, so they should get their second dose promptly.
The reluctance comes despite serious risk of COVID-19 complications for people with blood cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma.
The coronavirus vaccines are safe and should be effective even for people with advanced cancer.
The trial will test the drug acalabrutinib in those with acute myeloid leukemia, acute lymphoblastic leukemia and myelodysplastic syndromes.
Data from a large COVID-19 and cancer registry also showed that hydroxychloroquine plus azithromycin is associated with higher mortality.
Cancer type, stage and treatment appear to affect the likelihood of poor outcomes.
Those with blood cancers or lung cancer fared poorly in the first U.S. study of the new coronavirus n people with cancer.
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