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When I’m being treated for cancer, how often should I wash my hands?

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While you’re being treated for cancer, wash your hands 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.

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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