Infections During Cancer Treatment

The Australian and NZ Children's Haematology and Oncology Group advises it is safe for all siblings and the vast majority of childhood cancer and bone marrow transplant patients to be at school when schools are open (at Alert Levels 1 and 2).

Cleaning your hands gets rid of germs you pick up from other people. Keeping your hands clean is one of the best ways to keep from getting sick and spreading illnesses.

If your child has diarrhoea during their cancer treatment, there can be several causes.

Measles and chickenpox are risks while your child's resistance to infection is low.

People who have a weakened immune system are at risk of developing infections caused by common germs that are usually harmless. These infections are known as 'opportunistic'. One opportunistic organism is a type of fungus called pneumocystis, which can cause an infection called pneumocystis pneumonia.