Thursday, September 19, 2019
Cancer and cancer treatments can weaken your immune system and make it hard for it to protect your body against germs. Chemotherapy, for example, can lower the number of white blood cells you have. Because their job is to stop infections, it makes it tougher for your body to fight germs.(web source)
Infection is one of the most common life-threatening complications of cancer and cancer treatment. This is because cancer and cancer treatment weaken the immune system. The immune system is a complex system by which the body resists and fights infection by germs, such as bacteria or viruses.(web source)
Wash your hands. Do it often, and use soap and water. Wash them before you eat and before you touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. Always clean up after you go to the bathroom, sneeze, cough, or blow your nose. Other times to wash: after you handle trash, go to a public place, or touch an animal. Carry an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with you in case you can't get to soap and water when you're out and about.
Don't eat deli foods, free food samples, or yogurt and ice cream products from soft-serve machines. Skip foods bought from self-serve or bulk bins. Don't buy dented cans or pre-cut fruits and veggies.
Be careful around people. If you know that someone has a fever, cold, flu, or any other infection, stay away from them until they feel better. It's also best to skip large groups of people, so avoid shopping, schools, traveling, and crowds. If you do go out in public, use cleaning wipes before you touch door handles, elevator buttons, ATM keypads, or any other surface used by a lot of people.
Watch what you touch. Try not to change diapers. If you do, wash your hands as soon as possible when you’re done. Don't clean up after your pet in the yard, and don't touch dirt that could have animal droppings in it. Let someone else change the litter boxes, clean the birdcage, or clean the fish or turtle tanks.
Don't share. Don't use the same glasses, utensils, or food as others. Don't share towels, toothbrushes, or makeup, either.
- Fungi (the plural of fungus)
- Pseudomonas aeruginosa
- Klebsiella pneumoniae
- Escherichia coli (E. coli)
- Clostridium difficile (C. diff)
- Staphylococcus aureus (Staph aureus)
- Staphylococcus epidemidis (Staph epi)
- Streptococcus viridans
- Varicella zoster virus (VZV), the virus that causes chickenpox and shingles
- Herpes simplex virus (HSV), the virus that causes cold sores and genital herpes
- Cytomegalovirus (CMV)
- Toxoplasma gondii
- Damage to the skin or mucous membranes
- Low white blood cell counts
- A weak immune system
- Fewer bacteria than normal on the body’s surfaces or mucous membranes (such as the intestines or vagina), which often happens with antibiotic treatment.
- The part of your body affected
- The type of germ causing the infection
- The skin and mucous membranes (soft linings, like inside the mouth, vagina, and intestines)
- The digestive system (mouth, esophagus [swallowing tube], stomach, and intestines)
- The lungs and breathing passages (sinuses and throat)
- The urinary system (bladder and kidneys)
- The nervous system (brain and spinal cord)
- The skin and tissue around a central venous catheter (CVC). A CVC is a tube or catheter put in a vein that is used to draw blood and give IV drugs or fluids.
Doctors know which germs tend to infect certain body parts of people with cancer. So they can often make an educated guess at which germs are most likely causing a patient’s infection. Educated guesses are very important because it can take many days to get the results of tests that show the exact type of germ causing an infection and which drug will best stop or kill it.
Don’t touch me! 👀
OMG my kid has a runny nose. Yours too, just great!
Yeah it happens to every parent, but for a cancer patient its like the word is going to end.(or that's how it feels) I mean boogers and snot and coughing and picking the nose like, WHY ME!!!!!
The doctors and nurses condition us to not be around sick people. To wear your mask at almost all times and stay home and not go out in public and to stay away from sick people but the reality is you can’t always do that. I can’t tell you how many times my son has had a stuffy nose during my battle. I mean he even had the flu in 2018 and as a parent all I wanted to do was be there for him ( and I was). I remember my doctor telling me to leave the house for a few days and of course I didn’t listen. I mean were can you draw the line? I know that as a patient I am not supposed to be around sick people but my child is different.I am his parent and whether I am sick or not I will do everything in my will to make sure he is okay. I also don’t want to be shamed by my doctor if I end up getting sick because I took are of my child while they were sick. You know? I can’t be the only one that feels this way. Email me or comment if feel the pressure from your doctor to stay away from sick people even if they are your kids.
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