Treatment with chemotherapy and /or radiation therapy can temporarily reduce your infection fighting blood cells (white cells). By practicing preventive measures, you can contribute to your level of wellness and reduce your risk of infection.
- Fever of 99.5°F or greater
- A shaking chill
- Painful or frequent urination
- A cough or sore throat
- CONSERVE ENERGY: Listen to your body. Plan for periods of rest and sleep.
- EAT WELL: Include foods high in calories and protein in your diet. Eat fresh vegetables daily.
- AVOID POTENTIAL SOURCES OF INFECTION: People with bacterial infections, colds, sore throats, flu, chicken pox, measles and cold sores. Bird, cat and dog poop. Avoid cleaning bird cages and kitty litter boxes.
- KEEP YOUR BODY CLEAN: Bathe daily, wash hands before eating or preparing food, and after using the bathroom. Keep nails clean, clipped short and straight across. Perform mouth care daily. Keep lips moist with lubricant. Clean carefully after bowel movements. Ladies, always wipe from front to back.
- KEEP YOUR LUNGS CLEAR: Deep breathes every hour while awake. Schedule exercise daily. A short walk is wonderful!
- KEEP YOUR KIDNEYS FLUSHED: Drink 8 cups of liquid daily.
Report these signs and symptoms of infection IMMEDIATELY to your doctor.
- Aches and Pains
- Anorexia – Decreased Appetite
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Oral Care
- What to Expect After Chemotherapy
- Infection Precautions
- Nutritional Guidelines for Chemotherapy
- Nutritional Information
- Recommended Recipes
- Safety Precautions
- Safe Management of Chemotherapy in the Home
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Glossary of Terms