Stop Germs and Stay Safe With Metastatic Cancer

During metastatic cancer treatment, your body may not be able to fight off infections like it once did. Follow these steps to stay safe and protect yourself from ordinary germs.

By
Susan Amoruso

Say no to raw foods and unpasteurized milk and cheeses. They may contain dangerous bacteria such as Salmonella, E. coli and Listeria, which are known to cause food-borne illness.

Cook meat and eggs all the way through to kill germs. Avoid hot dogs, deli meats or processed meats, unless they're reheated to 165ºF.

Clean raw fruits and vegetables carefully. Gently rub produce under plain running water (there’s no need to use soap). Use a clean vegetable brush to scrub firm produce, such as melons and cucumbers.  

Practice good oral hygiene. Clean your teeth and gums twice a day with a soft toothbrush. Ask your healthcare professional whether it’s okay to gently floss your teeth and whether you need a special mouthwash to prevent mouth sores. Tell your provider if your gums bleed, which may be a sign of infection.

Published
October 2012