Monthly Digest – December

Month Long Happy Holidays! Brighten the holidays by making your health and safety a priority....

By Kate Dilligan | 22/11/2021

Month Long

Happy Holidays! Brighten the holidays by making your health and safety a priority. Take steps to keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy—and ready to enjoy the holidays. Visit the link below for healthy holiday tips:

CDC Healthy Holiday Tips

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Specific Date

December 1 – World AIDS Day

People with HIV/AIDS have an increased risk of developing the following cancers:

  • Kaposi sarcoma
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL)
  • Cervical cancer

For people with HIV, these 3 cancers are often called “AIDS-defining conditions.” This means that if a person with an HIV infection has 1 of these cancers, it can mean that AIDS has developed.

The connection between HIV/AIDS and certain cancers is not completely understood, but the link likely depends on a weakened immune system.

For more information on HIV/AIDS-related cancer visit the link below:

HIV/AIDS-Related Cancer

Cancer is one of the diseases most commonly found in people living with HIV in the United States and other developed countries. It’s also a leading cause of death in people living with HIV. Lung cancer, liver cancer, Hodgkin lymphoma, anal cancer, and head and neck cancers are some of the non-AIDS defining cancers that are more common in the HIV-positive population. These cancers are associated with risk factors such as smoking, chronic inflammation due to HIV, and the presence of other viruses, such Epstein-Barr virus, hepatitis B, or hepatitis C.

For more information what you should know about cancer related to HIV visit the link below:

Living With HIV

Retrieved from Cancer.Net

December 5-11, 2021 National Influenza Immunization Week

Flu season begins in October, peaks during the winter, and can linger through May. The flu vaccine works best when you get it early in the season, but getting it any time is better than not at all. It is normal to have some achiness after the shot while your body develops its response. In about 2 weeks, you will be protected for the rest of the flu season. Even if the flu season’s virus differs from the ones used for the vaccine, protection can ease symptoms.

Although most cancers do not increase the risk of getting the flu, cancer treatment can weaken the immune system, which makes developing complications more likely. Talk with your doctor about when to receive your vaccine. During cancer treatment, you may need to receive the flu shot at specific times:

  • Radiation therapy and long-term steroids can decrease the body’s immune response, so your doctor can help decide when the flu shot will give you the most protection.
  • Transplantation lowers the number of immune cells in the body that can defend against the flu, so your doctor may recommend waiting 4 to 6 months after the transplant to get a flu shot.
  • During chemotherapy, vaccination is recommended anytime, but it may be best between cycles or 2 weeks before treatment starts.
  • Immunotherapy uses the body’s immune cells to fight cancer. If you are receiving immunotherapy, ask your doctor about how to protect yourself against the flu.

For more information about Flu and people with cancer, visit the links below:

Protect Yourself During Cancer Treatment     Flu Facts For People With Cancer

Retrieved from Cancer.Net

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