by Linda Graviss, MT, CIC, and Roy Chemaly, MD, MPH, FIDSA, FACP
Did you know that your body’s number-one defense against infections is often compromised when you have cancer? Both chemotherapy and radiation therapy can weaken your immune system, lessening its ability to put up a good fight against the germs that cause infections. Moreover, surgery and other medical procedures break or damage the skin – your body’s primary infection defense – increasing your risk for developing infection.
by Lisa Kolp, MD
When you hear the news that you have cancer, you may feel as if your life is spinning out of your control. You wonder whether you will survive. And what about all the side effects of cancer treatment? Will you be able to manage them? Then your doctor drops another bomb, sending your sense of control hurtling even further from your reach: the treatments intended to save your life may leave you infertile.
by Douglas R. Lowy, MD, acting director of the National Cancer Institute
Although he was writing specifically about financial advice, Franklin’s words could no doubt apply to decades of scientific investment that is opening up numerous, exciting opportunities for progress against cancer. From the rapid emergence of immune-based therapies to the continued advances in cancer genomics that are forever altering how we think about and approach prevention, diagnosis, and treatment – this is truly a transformative moment for cancer research.
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