PE: CDC Guidelines: How to prevent infections (Sepsis) while getting chemotherapy?
PE: CDC Guidelines - How to prevent infections (sepsis) while getting chemotherapy?
Information for Patients and Caregivers | Preventing Infections in Cancer Patients | CDC
People with cancer who are treated with chemotherapy are more likely to get infections because of their weakened immune system. Cancer and chemotherapy can damage your immune system, reducing your numbers of infection-fighting white blood cells and making it harder for your body to fight infections.
An infection can also lead to sepsis, the body’s extreme response to an infection. It is a life-threatening medical emergency.
What Is an Infection?
How Does Chemotherapy Increase My Risk for Getting an Infection?
What Should I Do If I Think I Have an Infection?
What Can I Do to Protect Myself from an Infection?
Neutropenia and Risk for Infection
What Is Neutropenia?
Why Does Chemotherapy Cause Neutropenia?
How Do I Know if I Have Neutropenia?
When Will I Be Most Likely to Have Neutropenia?
How Can I Prevent Neutropenia?
Neutropenia and Nadir
Neutropenia, pronounced noo-troh-PEE-nee-uh, is an abnormally low number of white blood cells (neutrophils). These cells are the body’s main defense against infection. Neutropenia is a common side effect of chemotherapy treatment and increases your risk for infections. If you have neutropenia, doctors will sometimes refer to this as having a “low ANC,” or absolute neutrophil count.
WHAT IS NEUTROPENIA?
WHAT HAPPENS DURING MY NADIR?
HOW DO I KNOW WHEN MY NADIR IS?
WHAT CAN I DO?
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