Health Tip: Protect Against Infection During Cancer
(HealthDay News) -- People undergoing chemotherapy or other
treatments for cancer often have compromised immune systems, which
can make them more vulnerable to germ-related illness.
The American Cancer Society suggests how to help prevent serious
infections while being treated for cancer:
- Make sure you're up to date on all vaccinations, but avoid
those that contain a live virus.
- Be alert for the first signs of infection, and call your doctor
right away if you start to become ill.
- Check for any sore spots, swelling or red areas where needles
or catheters have been inserted.
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water.
- Bathe every day.
- Limit exposure to crowds, and avoid anyone who is sick.
- Promptly disinfect any cuts or skin wounds.
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