(HealthDay News) -- People being treated for cancer are more vulnerable to foodborne illness and its serious complications.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration explains why:
- Radiation, chemotherapy and other cancer treatments can weaken your immune system. Cancer itself also may compromise your immune system.
- A weaker immune system means you are more susceptible to infection, including foodborne illness.
- Foodborne infection may extend your illness, potentially leading to complications and hospitalization.
To avoid contracting a foodborne illness, you need to be careful when handling, preparing and eating foods, the FDA says.