Health Tip: Cancer Treatment Makes Foodborne Illness a Bigger Concern

Chemotherapy or radiation could compromise the immune system

(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.

Diana Kohnle

Diana Kohnle

Updated on March 23, 2015

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