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North Brunswick Township, New Jersey
A 35-year-old male asked:

Is it safe for a 3 year old and 5 year old to be around an adult cancer patient who is actively getting chemo & radiation treatments?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Lisa Ponce
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Risk for patient: The risks are largely for the person who might be immunocompromised, the cancer patient to get an infection from another person. Some treatments do carry risks if there is direct contact with a patient's stool, urine or emesis, but generally careful hygiene practices will prevent this, and it is quite unlikely for the kids to be in any danger.
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Depends: The chemo has no risk for your kids. If the person has received radiation treatment, but not implanted radiation rods, they do not cast off radiation so this would also not be a risk.Very few conditions are treated with implanted radiation sources. The fact is, your kids are more likely to bring germs/risk to the cancer patient .
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Last updated Jun 1, 2017


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