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Gardasil Injections

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osmotar
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I received my 3rd and final gardasil injection yesterday; even though I am way , way,  did I mention way, over the age range that they are normally given; my rad doc feels since I was never a smoker or much of a social drinker, that my cancer was something viral. I asked about HPV when he mentioned the injections last year , he said all my biopsies were negative for the virus. So who knows, I may have had the virus a zillion years ago,  I could have been exposed to the pesticides sprayed on the farm areas I lived near, Three Mile Island nuclear plant in Harrisburg, PA  wasn't far from me, the pesticides used for bugs in the office where I used to work , spraying while we worked, heck it could have been all those visits to the dentist when they took xrays and never protected my neck,  or even as my ENT said when I asked how , tells me , I may just fall into that small percentage of "we don't know". None the less perhaps my rad doc and internist are right , these shots will boost my immune and metabolism system...lets hope for the best.

 

Linda

 

Linda

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Skiffin16
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If I remember Charles, IrishGypsie also got the injections post treatment...

JG

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osmotar
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Will wait n see , can't hurt to get them I guess.

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D Lewis
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I waited till my first post-treatment scans showed clear, and then got the three shots as immune boosters.

Deb

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osmotar
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Deb,

How long ago did you get your injections?

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Tim6003
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Maybe I should get them...but just bc I am NED, does that mean I now do not carry the HPV virus...I just figures I still carry it ..just one of the little booger cells went c on me?

How much does each shot cost?  And are there three shots total, is that correct?

Thanks for sharing your info.

Tim

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osmotar
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Tim,

there are a total of 3 injections, 0.5 ml, you get the first shot, 2 months later the 2nd, 6 months later the 3rd. The shots run $250'- $275 , depends on the doctors I office , mine had an injection fee alone of $30 to admin the shot. My insurance picked up some of it as my dinger isn't coded it as treatment not preventative. My ins made a case by case determination based on the doctors coding, not all ins carriers pay for it at all

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D Lewis
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I got my injections shortly after my three-month PET CT was NED. About August of 2010.

At that time, one of the complaints against the shots was that no one knew how long they would be effective. To my mind, even if it was only a couple of years, that was fine.  I wanted to do everything in my power to discourage the cancer from returning in those important first two years.  So far so good.

 

Deb

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osmotar
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Good to know, I feel the same way..if it helps all the better.

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