Infections are caused by germs, including bacteria, viruses and fungi. One of the most common ways that cancer patients get infections is through the air by breathing them in. Other ways include the skin being damaged or through the mouth from things they touch or eat. . Patients can also get infections from other people with illnesses like colds or stomach bugs, from things that carry germs like animal poo or food that is not cooked properly.
It’s important know the signs and symptoms of infection. Having a fever means your body temperature is higher than normal. Something inside your body, such as an infection, has caused your temperature to rise. Some cancers, drugs and other treatment can also cause fever.
Remember to keep a record of your temperature each day to note any changes. We have popped a thermometer and a journal in our KIT for Cancer case. Don’t wait until you are extremely ill. Seek urgent medical attention if it rises to 38 °C or above.
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