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Are people with chemotherapy at more risk for complications with tapeworms?

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Dr. Devon Webster
Internal Medicine - Oncology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Shouldn't be

This was a hard one! people with suppressed immune systems from chemotherapy are at a slightly higher risk of getting tapeworm infections, which are uncommon in the U.
S. Tapeworms come from eating undercooked beef or pork. If you already have tapeworms, you need medicine to get rid of them, and that will work just the same whether you are on chemotherapy or not.

In brief: Shouldn't be

This was a hard one! people with suppressed immune systems from chemotherapy are at a slightly higher risk of getting tapeworm infections, which are uncommon in the U.
S. Tapeworms come from eating undercooked beef or pork. If you already have tapeworms, you need medicine to get rid of them, and that will work just the same whether you are on chemotherapy or not.
Dr. Devon Webster
Dr. Devon Webster
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Dr. John Geisler
Gynecology - Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Chemo & tapeworms

There is very little data available on this topic.
There are a few case reports that comment on immunosuppression (from cancer or chemotherapy) and the diagnosis of parasite or worms. In summary, it is a theoretical risk but there is no info on how common but appears to be exceedingly rare in us.

In brief: Chemo & tapeworms

There is very little data available on this topic.
There are a few case reports that comment on immunosuppression (from cancer or chemotherapy) and the diagnosis of parasite or worms. In summary, it is a theoretical risk but there is no info on how common but appears to be exceedingly rare in us.
Dr. John Geisler
Dr. John Geisler
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