Health Notes: CDC launches program to help chemotherapy patients fight infectionsThe CDC launched a new program to help patients undergoing chemotherapy fight infections.
By: John Lundy, Duluth News Tribune
Cancer patients being treated with chemotherapy are at risk for infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The treatment damages the white-blood cells that are the key to the body’s immune system.
The CDC estimates that each year 60,000 cancer patients are hospitalized for chemotherapy-related infections and that one patient dies every two hours from this complication.
Because of that, the CDC launched a new program to help patients undergoing chemotherapy fight infections.
It stresses three musts for such patients:
The CDC has compiled educational materials and additional information at www.cdc.gov/cancer/preventinfections.