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J&J COVID Vaccine and Blood Clots: What This Means for People With Breast Cancer

Brian Wojciechowski, MD, explains the type of blood clots linked to the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine and what people who've had that vaccine need to know.
Apr 16, 2021

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control have recommended that use of the Johnson & Johnson-Janssen COVID-19 vaccine be paused because six cases of what’s called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis with thrombocytopenia have been diagnosed after people received the vaccine. Basically, a blot clot was found in the veins that drain blood from the brain, and the people also had very low levels of platelets, a type of cell that helps the blood to clot.

Listen to the episode to hear Dr. Wojciechowski explain:

  • what these rare clots are and how they happen

  • what people who’ve received the J&J vaccine should know

  • how he’s advising his patients with breast cancer

About the guest
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Brian Wojciechowski, MD

Dr. Wojo is a medical oncologist outside of Philadelphia, PA, with Crozer Health. His research has been presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, and he is a speaker on medical ethics and the biology of cancer. Dr. Wojo sees cancer as a scientifically complex disease with psychological, social, and spiritual dimensions.

— Last updated on June 29, 2022, 2:47 PM

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