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Can my cancer treatment increase my risk for bacterial infections?

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Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Yes: Cancer treatment can lower white counts and therefore the immune response to bacteria. Bacteria is everywhere and ready to penetrate our natural barriers and with a weakened immune system the risk increases. Also with radiation the natural barrier of the mucosa, skin and the local immune cells in places like our intestines are all effected. This is why with get blood regularly for testing.
Dr. Della Howell
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
Perhaps: Many treatments for cancer (various chemotherapy agents, some radiation treatments, etc.) have side effects of weakening the body's immune system by lowering the number of white blood cells that are present. These cells are needed to help fight off various bacterial infections, so if a treatment makes you "neutropenic" then you are at greater risk of developing a serious bacterial infection.

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Can bacterial infections cause cancer?

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Not directly: Several pathogenic bacteria known to establish persistent infections, can promote or initiate abnormal cell growth by evading the immune system and creating an environment that can result in cancer (chronic inflammation and production of carcinogenic bacterial metabolites). Helicobacter pylori is a species of bacteria that causes ulcers. If left untreated, this can lead to stomach cancer.
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What is Bacterial infections a risk factor for?

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Bacterial infections is a risk factor for:: Asthma exacerbation in children, CMV infection, Paraphimosis, Chronic bronchitis, Leukocytosis, Leukopenia, Low grade fever, Pus, Enlarged spleen, Glossitis.

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