A top doctor has spoken out over concerns that his cancer progressed after having a third dose of the Pfizer Covid vaccine
A top doctor has spoken out over concerns that his cancer progressed after having a third dose of the Pfizer Covid vaccine.
Dr Michael Goldman, 67, was diagnosed with lymphoma — cancer of the immune system — last summer.
The immunologist, who has been a supporter of medical research for decades, received his third Pfizer jab weeks later.
After his cancer symptoms worsened days after his booster, he went for a scan.
Results showed his cancer had exploded ‘like fireworks’ on the right side of his body — the same side he was jabbed on.
Dr Goldman, of Erasme Hospital in Brussels, concluded that the worsening of his condition may have been down to the jab, after scouring through hundreds of scientific papers.
However, he is now cancer-free and is still encouraging others to get the vaccine, warning that even if the vaccine potentially boosted the spread of his cancer, it is a ‘very rare’ side effect.
Both Pfizer and Moderna, which make the Covid mRNA vaccines, study all reported jab side effects and have found no link between their injection and cancer.
And some patients have even told of how their cancer shrunk after getting jabbed.
Dr Michael Goldman, 67, was diagnosed with lymphoma — cancer of the immune system — last summer (shown in scan, left). The immunologist, who has been a supporter of medical research for decades, received his third Pfizer jab weeks later. After his cancer symptoms worsened days after his booster, he went for a scan. Results showed his cancer had exploded ‘like fireworks’ on the right side of his body — the same side he was jabbed on (right)
Dr Goldman said some studies show, that in extremely rare cases, Covid jabs may boost T cells to the point that they expand to form or worsen tumours
HOW DO COVID MRNA VACCINES WORK?
Both Pfizer and Moderna’s Covid vaccines use mRNA technology.
They each contain the genetic code (mRNA) of the spike protein found on the surface of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Once inside the body, the spike protein is produced.
This teaches the immune system to recognise the virus and initiate an immune response.
As a result, when the body comes into contact with the virus, it recognises the spike protein and destroy it before it can cause an infection.
As there is no whole or live virus involved, the vaccines cannot cause Covid.
And the mRNA is naturally degraded after a few days.
Source: Vaccine Knowledge Project
Dr Goldman had a full body CT scan last summer, after suffering night sweats and swollen lymph nodes.
Results should cancerous growths near his left armpit and along his neck, which was diagnosed as lymphoma — cancer of the immune system.
Over concerns he would soon be immunocompromised, Dr Goldman rushed forward for his third Covid jab on September 22, 2021.
But just days after being immunised, his lymph nodes became more swollen, his night sweats worsened and he was forced to take afternoon naps due to low energy.
He underwent another full body scan on September 30, six days before he was due to start cancer treatment.
The results showed he had dozens of new cancer lesions, including down the right side of his neck when they had previously been largely confined to the left.
Medics immediately prescribed steroid pills, warning that the swift spread was unusual.
And he underwent six rounds of chemotherapy and is now cancer free.
But in an interview with US magazine Atlantic, Dr Goldman shared concerns that the rapid spread of his cancer may have been triggered by his booster, after weeks of sifting through scientific papers.
He thinks the same way that the jabs protect against the coronavirus — by boosting levels antibodies and T cells that fight off the virus — may be to blame.
Dr Goldman said some studies suggest, that in extremely rare cases, Covid jabs may boost T cells to the point that they expand to form or worsen tumours.
Research also suggests that cancer patients’ lymph node cells go into overdrive after getting vaccines.
Other researchers have also reported the potential rare side effect.
Dr Aaron Mangold, the head of clinical dermatology at top US hospital group the Mayo Clinic, published a paper last spring on a patient whose rare skin lymphoma came back after their first Pfizer jab.
However, that patient’s second dose had no effect on their cancer and the incident may have been a coincidence, Dr Mangold noted.
Dr William Murphy, an immunologist at UC Davis, told the Atlantic that Dr Goldman’s cancer’s behaviour appears to be linked to the vaccine ‘given the huge difference in the scans of the tumor progression in a very short period of time’.
However, medics note that it is impossible to be certain about the link because it is just one case report.
And other experts are skeptical.
Dr Steven Horwitz, a cancer doctor at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, said he has not seen any link between vaccination and a relapse or progression of cancer among his patients.
And he noted that cancer patients are especially vulnerable to Covid and jabs are the best way to reduce the risk.
Dr Goldman himself noted that it would be ‘premature’ to extrapolate his case to other patients with the same cancer. And he said people should still get vaccinated.
However, the immunologist is unsure whether he will get his fourth.
Some antivaxxers have seized at Dr Goldman’s concerns to argue that the jabs are a ‘toxic bioweapon’.
Pfizer and Moderna said they take side effect reports very seriously but there has so far been no identified correlation between the vaccine and cancer.
There have even been cases of cancer patients seeing their tumour shrink after getting the Covid vaccine — though this may also be a coincidence.
Dr Goldman said if the spread of his cancer was a Covid vaccine side effect ‘it must be very rare’ and getting jabbed was ‘the right thing to do’.