Cancer patients undergoing treatment can develop a weakened immune system because most anticancer drugs decrease the body’s ability to make white blood cells, the cells that fight infection. That’s why cancer patients should be especially careful to avoid infections and food-borne illnesses. Here are some tips to help you prevent food-borne illness:
- Lave bien todas las frutas y verduras crudas. Si no puede lavarse bien (como con las frambuesas), evítelo. Frote las superficies ásperas, como la piel de los melones, antes de cortar.
- Carefully wash your hands and food preparation surfaces (knives, cutting boards) before and after preparing food, especially after handling raw meat.
- Thaw meat in the refrigerator, not on the kitchen counter.
- Be sure to cook meat and eggs thoroughly.
- Avoid raw shellfish and use only pasteurized or processed ciders and juices and pasteurized milk and cheese.