Cancer Patients and Cold Weather

Your chances of getting sick are greater. 

If you have cancer, you are at risk for the same cold weather problems as other people, but your chances of getting sick are greater. 

As the cold weather approaches, concerns about cold and flu season increase along with people’s thermostats. About 30 percent of people in the United States come down with the flu every season, and 200,000 of them are hospitalized because of serious complications such as pneumonia. If you have cancer, you are at risk for the same cold weather problems as other people, but your chances of getting sick are greater because cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy radiation therapy, can weaken your immune system, making it harder for your body to fight infections properly.

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