Step 1:


Know Your Risk and Take Our Risk
Assessment Test

Your answers to a few questions will help estimate your
risk for developing a low white blood cell count
(a condition called neutropenia) during your chemotherapy.
Click on the appropriate button below to take the test:

Step 2:


Learn Steps to Help Prevent Infections

Learn helpful tips on how to recognize the signs and
symptoms of an infection while your white blood cell count
is low as well as how to prevent them.

Step 3:


Know the Actions You Can Take to
Protect Yourself

Since a fever may be your body's only sign of an infection,
it's very important that you call your doctor immediately
if you have a temp of 100.4 F or higher for more than 1 hour, or a
one-time temp of 101 F or higher.

About the Program

Preventing Infections in Cancer Patients is a public health campaign led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the CDC Foundation to raise awareness among patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers about steps they can take to prevent infections during cancer chemotherapy treatment.  The campaign aims to reduce infections in cancer patients. is an evidence-based, interactive online program designed to help assess a cancer patient’s risk for developing both a low white blood cell count during chemotherapy and subsequent infections.

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For Patients 

If you're getting chemo, check out this fact sheet: Top 5 Things to Know about Neutropenia

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For Caregivers

If someone you love has cancer, this fact sheet will help you understand a side effect of chemotherapy you should know about.


Send one of these electronic greeting cards to someone you care about. Simply select a CDC Health-e-Card, type in an email address and name, and send a colorful greeting that encourages healthy living.  View Cards >

"I never thought seriously about the risk of infection until I was hospitalized and unable to fight a fever. It’s so important to understand what steps you can take to help protect yourself."Donna Deegan, News AnchorBreast Cancer Survivor 

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