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I have cancer am I more likely to get a lung infection caused by candida?
5 doctors weighed in

Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Cancer itself
Does not pre-dispose to opportunistic infections like candida, but treatment can lower host defenses, include steroids, and these may increase risk.
Awareness and early diagnosis is the key, not prophylactic treatment.

In brief: Cancer itself
Does not pre-dispose to opportunistic infections like candida, but treatment can lower host defenses, include steroids, and these may increase risk.
Awareness and early diagnosis is the key, not prophylactic treatment.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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