Health Tip: Protect Against Infection During Cancer Treatment
While the immune system is weaker
(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.