Preventing Infections in Cancer Patients

Patients and Caregivers
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Learn how chemotherapy raises your risk of getting an infection and what to do if you get an infection during chemotherapy.

Health Care Providers
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Our resources explain how to protect cancer patients who receive chemotherapy in an outpatient oncology clinic from infections.

Educational Materials
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We offer a variety of materials to help promote awareness about the importance of preventing infections in cancer patients.

Fight Germs. Wash Your Hands!

Handwashing is an important way to keep from getting sick and spreading germs to others. This videoexternal icon shows you how to wash your hands the right way.

Featured Resources
This flu season, protect yourself, your family, your friends, and your community from the flu.

Learn what cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers should know about the flu.

Photo of a caregiver putting her hand on the head of a cancer patient who has fever.

Neutropenia is common after receiving chemotherapy and increases your risk for infections.

3 steps toward preventing infections during cancer treatment: prepare, prevent, protect

Find out if you’re at high risk of getting an infection during cancer treatment on the 3 Steps web site.external icon

The Preventing Infections in Cancer Patients campaign provides resources to help lower the risk of cancer patients developing potentially life-threatening infections during chemotherapy treatment.

Page last reviewed: November 7, 2019