According to specialists, the use of the influenza vaccine does not affect the treatment of these patients. However, an oncologist should be consulted when receiving chemotherapy.
Patients with cancer have a higher risk of developing flu complications. especially if the types of cancer are lymphoma, myeloma and leukemia, warned a specialist today.
"Cancer is a debilitating chronic disease because, in addition to this disease, the chemotherapy it needs to treat it further weakens its protection," said Dr. Diana Vilar Compte, attached to the National Cancer Institute (INCan) Infectious Diseases Service. from Mexico.
Therefore, he said that these patients, their families and the people they interact with were vaccinated against influenza and thus reduced the risk of infection and "protects those suffering from cancer".
Cancer is the third cause of death in Mexico. Especially Mexicans most often have breast and prostate cancer.
148,000 new cases of cancer are evaluated each year.
He explained that the use of the influenza vaccine does not affect the treatment of these patients. However, an oncologist should be consulted when receiving chemotherapy.
Vilar Compte reminded that elderly people, obese people, no matter how old they are, and pregnant women are also high-risk groups.
Therefore, in addition to the need to use the vaccine, this virus should be more careful when the temperature changes suddenly and a doctor should be present in the presence of respiratory symptoms.
The specialist indicated that one of the flu complications is pneumonia, especially in patients with kidney failure, cardiovascular or neurological problems.
The specialist said that from October this year, Incans had received about 50 patients with influenza-like illnesses, and seven of them confirmed the presence of the virus.