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What are some ways to avoid germs while I’m being treated for cancer?

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If you’re being treated for cancer, 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.

From: Tips to Avoid Germs When You Have Cancer WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Preventing Infections in People With Cancer," "Nutrition for the Person With Cancer During Treatment."

PreventingCancerInfections.org: "Understanding Your Risk for Infection During Chemotherapy."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Infection."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on February 23, 2019

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Preventing Infections in People With Cancer," "Nutrition for the Person With Cancer During Treatment."

PreventingCancerInfections.org: "Understanding Your Risk for Infection During Chemotherapy."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Infection."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on February 23, 2019

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