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Infection can occur when germs such as bacteria or a virus enter the body. These germs can multiply, causing you to feel badly.  This can sometimes occur when your immune system doesn’t function properly and/or the medication used to treat kidney cancer increases the risk of infection.

Things you can do to prevent infection:

  • Good handwashing technique with soap.
  •  Wash hands often.
  • If soap isn’t available, use hand sanitizer.
  • Keep your hands and those of others, away from the face and eyes. 
  • Do not share a meal, beverage and or utensils with people that might have a cold, cough and/or fever
  • Avoid people that you know are sick, especially handshakes and hugs.
  • Keeping yourself hydrated with water.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet.
  • Performing daily exercise, such as a walking regimen.

When to call your oncologist or oncology nurse:

  • If you have a fever 100.5 F.
  • If you develop fever, chills, nausea and/or vomiting.
  • If you had a new sign or symptom of infection such as:
    • Cough
    • Nasal or chest congestion
    • Painful urination
    • Stomach pains

 Having a thermometer is important in monitoring a temperature.

You should rely primarily upon your doctor for medical information