Infections can have serious complications for cancer patients. An infection can happen when your immune system is unable to fight off bacteria, viruses and other germs. Cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, can reduce the number of infection-fighting white blood cells and put people with cancer at a higher risk of infection.
Some symptoms of an infection include fever, cough, sore throat, and swelling in any area. Call your doctor right away if you notice a fever or other symptoms of infection.
One of the best ways you can prevent an infection is to wash your hands often. You can learn the five steps for effective handwashing, find out the key times to wash your hands, and get tips to prevent germs from spreading when cooking—all from this new blog post. Find out more here: Clean Hands: A Key Part of Preventing Infections