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Infections in Cancer Patients


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When you are undergoing cancer treatment, you are at higher risk for infections.

Chemotherapy and certain types of cancer can weaken the immune system, making infection more likely. Our infectious disease specialists work with your cancer team at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center to lessen your chances and treat any infection that may occur.

Infection prevention is a vital part of cancer treatment. If you do have an infection, you require specialized care and support from a team of experts, including infectious disease physicians.


Blood Test
Throughout cancer treatment, you will undergo blood testing to check immune system function. Doctors will examine your blood samples for white blood cell counts, neutrophil counts, and other indicators that your immune system is working properly. Blood tests can also reveal infections.


Dietary Support
Proper nutrition can help improve your immune system function to prevent infections.

You should be up-to-date on your immunizations before cancer treatment. Immunizations can help prevent infections.

Prophylactic Medicines
You may take certain medicines, such as antibiotics, to prevent infections from developing during treatment.

Supportive Care
If you get an infection, you may need to stay in the hospital to receive supportive care such as intravenous (IV) fluids, intravenous medicines, and respiratory support.

Why Choose UHealth?

Collaboration with experts from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. From the latest diagnostic techniques to the newest evidence-based medicines, our infectious disease physicians work with the area’s leading oncology experts to offer specialized care for even rare infections. We create personalized treatment plans based on the cause of your infection and your health to prevent and fight bacterial, fungal, and viral infections. You’ll have access to expert physicians, more treatment options, and supportive care that focuses on your needs.

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