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Preventing Infections in Cancer Patients

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People receiving chemotherapy are at risk for developing an infection when their white blood cell count is low. White blood cells are the body’s main defense against infection. This condition, called neutropenia, is common after receiving chemotherapy. For patients with this condition, any infection can become serious quickly.

If you have cancer now or have had cancer in the past, you are at higher risk for complications from the flu. Learn what cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers should know about the flu.

Featured Resources

Fight Back! Get Your Flu Shot poster

Health care providers: Display our “Fight Back! Get Your Flu Shot” poster [PDF-1.5MB] in your office as a reminder for cancer patients.

Emergency Room Personnel poster

Our “Emergency Room Personnel” poster [PDF-401KB] explains that a fever in cancer patients may be more than meets the eye.

Injection safety flyer

Injection Safety Reminders for Oncology Providers [PDF-741KB] lists ways to help protect patients from infections when injecting medication.

Neutropenia fact sheet

Neutropenia and Risk for Infection: What You Need to Know [PDF-174KB] explains the risk of getting an infection when your white blood cell count is low while you are receiving chemotherapy.