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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.
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