There is no such thing as turbo cancer


Charles Hoffe, a family doctor from British Columbia: ‘Turbo cancers’ is a nickname given to “new cancers being diagnosed, the tumors are bigger than ever, they seem to grow very aggressively, spread very aggressively and be very resistant to treatmentpeople who have previous cancers which were in remission are flaring up since their shots because of the damage to their immune system by the Covid shots.”


David Gorski, Science-based Medicine, explains why the “turbo cancer” that antivaxxers like Dr. Charles Hoffe insist is being caused by COVID-19 vaccines isn’t real.

There is no such thing as “turbo cancer”

Unsurprisingly, “turbo cancer” isn’t a thing. Oncologists don’t recognize it as a phenomenon, nor do cancer biologists, and if you search for it on PubMed, you won’t find a reference to it. Basically, it’s a clever term coined by antivaxxers to scare you into thinking that COVID-19 vaccines will give you cancer, or at least greatly increase your risk of developing cancer. The “evidence” marshaled to support the concept consists of the usual misinformation techniques used by antivaxxers: citing anecdotes, wild speculation about biological mechanisms without a firm basis in biology, and conflating correlation with causation, no matter how much one must squint to see it.

Unfortunately, “turbo cancer” is also too frightening and pithy of a term to go away any time soon. I expect antivaxxers to be using it for years to come, perhaps for the rest of my life.


American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society (ACS) supports the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)* recommendation that all people with cancer should be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Since the situation for every person is different, it is best to discuss the benefits and possible risks of getting the COVID-19 vaccine with your cancer doctor, who can advise you.

(*The NCCN is an alliance of many of the nation’s leading cancer centers that provides detailed guidelines on cancer treatment and cancer care.)

Is it safe for people with cancer to get the COVID-19 vaccine?

People with cancer (or with a history of cancer) can get the COVID-19 vaccine safely. However, the vaccine might be less effective in some people with cancer. (See “Should cancer patients and survivors get the vaccine?”)

There are some other types of vaccines that might not be safe for some people with cancer, but this depends on many factors, such as the type of vaccine, the type of cancer a person has (had), if they’re still being treated for cancer, and if their immune system is working properly. Because of this, it’s best to talk with your doctor before getting any type of vaccine. To learn more, see Vaccinations and Flu Shots for People with Cancer.


Should cancer patients and survivors get the COVID-19 vaccine?

The ACS supports the NCCN recommendation that all people with cancer should be fully vaccinated as soon as they can with the COVID-19 primary vaccine series, plus additional booster doses. 

Even if you’ve already had COVID-19, it’s still important to be vaccinated. While being infected with COVID-19 might offer some immunity, people can still be infected again. What’s more, a person’s immunity to COVID-19 can weaken over time, and it might not be as helpful against newer variants of the virus that continue to emerge. This is why staying up to date with the latest COVID-19 vaccines and boosters is important.

While the COVID-19 vaccines are safe for people with cancer, they might not be as protective as they are in people without cancer, especially for those with weakened immune systems. Some cancer treatments like chemotherapy (chemo), radiation, stem cell or bone marrow transplant, or immunotherapy can affect the immune system, which might make the vaccine less effective. People with certain types of cancers, like leukemias or lymphomas, can also have weakened immune systems which might make the vaccine less effective.

Because of this, there are different vaccine schedule recommendations for people with weakened immune systems. To learn more, see “Recommended COVID-19 vaccine schedules.”

Since the situation for every person is different, it’s best to discuss the benefits, possible risks, and timing of the COVID-19 vaccines with your cancer doctor.


AFP Fact Check

Posts link Covid-19 vaccines to ‘turbo-cancers’ without evidence

Julie Pacorel, AFP France, AFP Canada

Published on Friday 20 January 2023 at 03:07

Social media posts claim Covid-19 vaccines have caused a surge in aggressive forms of cancer. This is unproven; experts say available data do not show an increased risk — and health authorities recommend the shots for cancer patients, whose treatments can leave them immunocompromised and more vulnerable to the coronavirus.

“Doctors and Pathologists now reporting on ‘TURBO CANCERS’ due to damaging impact of ️(vaccines) on the immune system,” says a January 2, 2023 Instagram post.

The post includes a clip from an hour-long video titled “Sudden Death + Turbo Cancer, Canadian Doctors Speak Out.”

AFP has previously fact-checked Hoffe’s claims about Covid-19 vaccines. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (CPSBC) has cited Hoffe for alleged misconduct, including inaccurate statements about vaccination, and he will face a hearing in February 2023.

The clip shared online also features Stephen Malthouse, a family physician from Denman Island, British Columbia whom the CPSBC suspended from practicing medicine in March 2022. Both Malthouse and Hoffe have appeared in other misleading, pandemic-related videos from a series titled “Canadian Doctors Speak Out.”

Oncologists and public health authorities told AFP the doctors’ claims about Covid-19 vaccination and cancer are baseless.

“There is no evidence in Canada or globally that vaccination leads to any forms of cancer or that Covid vaccines lead to rapid advancement in cancers,” British Columbia’s Ministry of Health said in a statement emailed January 11. “There is also no evidence to support Covid vaccines leading to harm to the immune system; on the contrary evidence strongly supports that Covid vaccines produce strong, effective immune responses that protect from serious illness from SARS CoV-2.”


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  1. Pingback: Cancer and the mRNA Covid-19 vaccine: No connection | weehingthong

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