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Colds and chemotherapy

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My husband has bowel cancer, has been on chemotherapy three years. I've been ill with a nasty cold virus. He's starting a sore throat. What should we do?

Ellen M-Macmillan
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Hi ,

It’s understandable why you’re concerned about your husband and to question what to do. One of the side effects of chemotherapy is it can reduce the number of blood cells made in the bone marrow. The number of white blood cells that fight and prevent infection can be low. Therefore, is he has a throat infection it can be difficult for his body to fight it and he could become unwell quickly.

We always advice that anyone who is receiving chemotherapy and has a symptom that could be a sign of infection that they call their 24-hour contact number as soon as possible so that they can be properly assessed.

Even if your husband doesn’t have a temperature it’s still important that he lets his 24-hour contact number know about his sore throat.

Best wishes and take care.

Ellen -Macmillan Online Digital Nurse Specialist.

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Thanks. He feels much better.