I Received the COVID-19 Vaccine – Now What?

Posted February 8th, 2021

Receiving the COVID-19 vaccine is an important step towards ending the pandemic – congratulations! Once you have received both doses of the  COVID-19 vaccine, you may be wondering what’s next. The vaccine is shown to be 95% effective about a week or two after the second dose is received. It is important to remain vigilant […]


Preparing for your COVID-19 Vaccine: What to Ask your Provider

Posted February 1st, 2021

Patients with cancer should strongly consider getting the COVID-19 vaccine when it is available. If you are currently undergoing cancer treatment, you should speak to your provider about receiving the vaccine. It may be best to prepare a list of questions prior to speaking with them. Some questions you may want to ask are: Should […]


COVID-19 Vaccine Myth Busters

Posted January 28th, 2021

Myth: The COVID-19 vaccines aren’t safe because they were developed so quickly. Truth: The vaccines were indeed developed much faster than typical vaccines are normally developed. This is largely due to funding, getting the genetic code early, using technology that has been in development and testing for many years and the rapid recruitment rate of […]


Understanding FDA Emergency Use Authorization

Posted January 21st, 2021

In the United States, before any vaccine can be given, it must be approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). This process usually takes many years. However, during a public health emergency, such as the current Covid-19 pandemic, the FDA has the option to allow emergency use of experimental drugs, devices, vaccines and other […]


COVID Vaccine Basics for Cancer Patients

Posted January 18th, 2021

What is the COVID-19 vaccine? The COVID-19 vaccine is used to give your body immunity to the coronavirus (COVID-19). There are two vaccines currently available. These vaccines use a technology called messenger RNA (mRNA). mRNA vaccines are a new type of vaccine for infectious diseases, but researchers have been studying and working with them for […]


My Path to Becoming a Radiation Therapist

Posted November 12th, 2020

My story is a personal one. It began when I was in middle school and my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. After her initial treatments, I would occasionally accompany my mom to her radiation therapy appointments. Quickly, my curiosity was peaked, and I started to ask questions …What is radiation? Is this going to […]


How to Plan a ‘Safecation’

Posted August 17th, 2020

Summer vacation is looking a lot different due to new travel restrictions.  Traveling during a pandemic requires planning ahead, lots of advanced research, willingness to play-it-by-ear and adapting to new rules. You may be asking yourself… Is it safe to go on vacation? Where should I go? Should I drive or fly? Can I vacation […]


How to Spend Time with Friends and Family Now that COVID Restrictions are Being Relaxed

Posted August 13th, 2020

Being away from friends and family for the past 5 months has not been easy. In the beginning of the pandemic we were staying connected through video chats, drive by car visits, virtual happy hours, zoom chats, etc. Now it seems reasonable to want to spend time with friends and family in-person, at a safe […]


Preventive Cancer Screenings while Coping with the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted May 18th, 2020

What should I do…and when should I do it? I recently read an article that electronic health record data showed a sudden drop in preventative cancer screenings for March 2020 in the United States.  It showed a decrease of 86% – 94% in preventive cancer screenings for cervical, colon, and breast cancers, compared to average […]


Ways to Help and Show Support for a Loved One with Cancer during COVID-19

Posted April 17th, 2020

Changes are happening Many institutions and cancer centers have put restrictions on visitors accompanying patients for outpatient appointments. This includes patients that are receiving cancer treatments, such as radiation therapy or chemotherapy. Most guidelines now state that patients can’t have anyone accompany them unless they are unable to complete the visit on their own. As […]