jueves, 22 de mayo de 2014

CDC offers tips on handling one of chemotherapys most dangerous side effects

CDC offers tips on handling one of chemotherapys most dangerous side effects

Did you know that one of the most dangerous side effects of chemotherapy cannot be seen?  A low white blood cell count, a condition called neutropenia, is a side effect of chemotherapy that puts cancer patients at a higher risk for getting an infection and is common after receiving treatment.
Why is an infection dangerous?  An infection in people with cancer is an emergency.  In fact, it’s estimated that each year 60,000 cancer patients are hospitalized for chemotherapy-related infections and one patient dies every two hours from this complication.
Yahoo! Health,  Chemotherapy and Infection – What you should Know
To learn more about this topic, read one of CDC’s latest articles on the issue, Yahoo! Health, “Chemotherapy and Infection – What you should Know.”

In addition, you may want to read the following resources that CDC developed as part of its Preventing Infections in Cancer Patients program
  • A Basic Infection Control and Prevention Plan for Outpatient Oncology Settings. This plan is tailored to outpatient oncology settings and outlines key policies and procedures needed to meet minimal requirements for patient safety.  Outpatient oncology facilities without an existing plan are encouraged to use this document as a starting point. 
  • Web site for cancer patients and caregivers: PreventCancerInfections.org.  This site features an evidence-based, interactive online program designed to help assess a cancer patient’s risk for developing both a low white blood cell count during chemotherapy and subsequent infections. The web site also features a variety of educational resources, including health tip sheets on multiple topics. 
  • Educational materials for patients, caregivers, and doctors including posters, brochures, and videos.

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