- What are infections and who is at risk?
- What are signs of infection in people with cancer?
- How does your body normally resist infections?
- What makes people with cancer more likely to get infections?
- Cancer itself can increase infection risk
- Cancer treatments can increase infection risk
- Poor nutrition can affect infection risk in people with cancer
- Low white blood cell (neutrophil) counts and the risk of infection
- To learn more
To learn more
From your American Cancer Society
Here is more information you might find helpful. You also can order free copies of our documents from our toll-free number, 1-800-227-2345, or read them on our website, www.cancer.org.
More on infection and cancer
More on cancer treatment
A Guide to Chemotherapy (also in Spanish)
Understanding Radiation Therapy: A Guide for Patients and Families (also in Spanish)
A Guide to Cancer Surgery (also in Spanish)
Central Venous Catheters (also in Spanish)
For caregivers and family members
Helping Children When a Family Member Has Cancer: Dealing With Treatment (also in Spanish)
Your American Cancer Society also has books that you might find helpful. Call us at 1-800-227-2345 or visit our bookstore online at cancer.org/bookstore to find out about costs or to place an order.
National organizations and websites*
Along with the American Cancer Society, other sources of information and support include:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Toll-free number: 1-800-232-4636 (1-800-CDC-INFO)
Offers reliable information on infections, prevention, and other health information (also offered in Spanish)
National Cancer Institute
Toll-free number: 1-800-422-6237 (1-800-4-CANCER)
Offers information on cancer and its treatment, a drug dictionary of common medicines used in cancer treatment, and coping with cancer (also offered in Spanish)
No matter who you are, we can help. Contact us anytime, day or night, for cancer-related information and support. Call us at 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.
Last Medical Review: 02/16/2015
Last Revised: 02/25/2015