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In Treatment For Cancer

Reduce your risk of infection while in treatment

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While undergoing cancer therapy, your immune system is lower than normal, which means that you are more prone to getting infections and that you have less resistance with which to fight an infection.

Simple steps help avoid unnecessary infection. For example:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly with soap and warm water. 
    • Wash for at least 20 seconds. 
    • An aide to keeping track of time is to sing Happy Birthday at regular tempo. It takes about 20 seconds.  
  • Keep your hands away from your mouth, nose and eyes at all times. They are the entry point for germs into your system.
  • Use caution when buying, storing and cooking foods. 
  • Eat out wisely.
    • Only eat in places you believe follow food safety guidelines.
    • The need to eat nutritiously doesn't go away because you are eating out instead of at home. 
  • Wash your hands when you are about to leave a public places such as a gym, or as soon after leaving as you can. 
  • Take appropriate precautions in a hospital.  For instance, do not let anyone touch you who does not wash his or her hands first.
  • Avoid:
    • Crowds
    • People who have diseases you can catch
    • People evidencing symptoms of diseases you can catch

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