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I have cancer am I more likely to get a lung infection caused by candida?

I have cancer am I more likely to get a lung infection caused by candida?

Probably not: True lung infections caused by candida are almost unheard of. People with severely suppressed bone marrow function can get systemic candida infections, but most such people are hospitalized in bone marrow or other organ transplant units or similarly immunosuppressed (but rarely cancer patients receiving outpatient chemo for example). "candida pneumonia" is almost unheard of. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Could male candida (thrush) cause cancer?

Could male candida (thrush) cause cancer?

Nope: We all have candida in our bodies, kept in check by the immune system. Different forms of candida infection can be seen in immunosuppressed states (like aids) which carry a higher risk of certain cancers, but the candida itself does not cause cancer. We also see it in patients on treatment for cancer but again, it's only acting up because the immune system is down. ...Read more

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I have tuberculosis am I more likely to get a lung infection caused by candida?

No: Although candida can be found in the sputum it can be considered a contaminant except in certain situations such as immunosuppresion (cancer, HIV etc) if a person with tuberculosis has a candida infection the above must be ruled out particularly hiv. Otherwise the answer is no. ...Read more

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I received a organ transplant, what is the likelihood of me getting a lung infection caused by candida?

Not likely: Possible, but not likely. Anyone taking immunosuppressive drugs is at greater risk for (opportunistic) infections compared to individuals in the general population. A very few % of organ transplant patients get fungal infections, and unless you have had fungal pneumonias in the past, it would be an unusual event. ...Read more

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My child as cystic fibrosis, how likely will he get a lung infection caused by candida?

My child as cystic fibrosis, how likely will he get a lung infection caused by candida?

Somewhat: The main risk for candida in patients with cystic fibrosis are for those patients who take inhaled drugs (such as combined therapies - advair, symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) & Dulera or monotherapies such as asthmanex, qvar, flovent). The inhaled steroids decrease bacterial counts in the mouth and increase the risk of fungal/candidal overgrowth resulting in thrush. ...Read more

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Does candida fungus commonly infect the lung?

No: Candida affect mainly the skin or oral mucosa in healthy individuals . In case of immune deficiency then invasive candida diseases could happen ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


Yeast (Definition)

Any of various unicellular fungi of the genus saccharomyces, especially s. Cerevisiae, reproducing by budding and from ascospores and capable ...Read more