Did you know that one of the most dangerous side effects of chemotherapy is very common, cannot be seen, and puts patients at a higher risk for getting a potentially deadly infection?
To learn more about the risk factors associated with this side effect, which is called neutropenia, read CDC’s blog on Livestrong.com, “Infection Risks for Cancer Patients and How to Avoid Them.”
In addition, CDC offers the following resources as part of its Preventing Infections in Cancer Patients program:
- A Basic Infection Control and Prevention Plan for Outpatient Oncology Settings.
- Web site for cancer patients and caregivers:PreventCancerInfections.org.
- Educational materials for patients, caregivers, and doctors.