- 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
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National Cancer Institute. Chemotherapy and You: Support for People with Cancer. Accessed at www.cancer.gov/publications/patient-education/chemo-and-you on February 2, 2015.
National Cancer Institute. Managing Chemotherapy Side Effect: Infection. Accessed at http://www.cancer.gov/publications/patient-education/infection.pdf on January 29, 2015.
National Comprehensive Cancer Network. Prevention and Treatment of Cancer-Related Infections. V.2.2014, 8/11/14 Accessed at www.nccn.org/professionals/physician_gls/pdf/infections.pdf on February 2, 2015.
Zanussi S, Serraino D, Dolcetti R, Berretta M, De Paoli P. Cancer, aging and immune reconstitution. Anticancer Agents Med Chem. 2013;13(9):1310-1324.
Last Medical Review: 02/16/2015
Last Revised: 02/25/2015