While your receive cancer treatment your immune system is weak. The immune system helps the body fight infection and stay healthy. These guidelines can keep you safe from germs that could make you sick. This is especially important while the immune system is weak and blood counts are low.
Keep foods at a safe temperature. Cook hot food thoroughly and then keep it at least 135 degrees. If you’re not going to eat right away, refrigerate food immediately. Keep cold foods below 41 degrees. Some foods spoil especially fast. Don’t leave these foods at room temperature longer than 1 hour: Milk and dairy products, eggs (unless they’re pasteurized), all types of meat and fish, baked potatoes, tofu and other soy proteins, sprouts and sprout seeds, cut melons or tomatoes, garlic and oil mixtures, and cooked rice, beans, or vegetables.
Make sure your food is still good. Don’t eat spoiled or moldy foods. Don’t use eggs that have cracked before use. Don’t refreeze defrosted foods. Don’t taste anything that looks or smells strange.
Always prepare food in a clean area. Don’t cut cooked foods on the same surface as raw foods. Don’t use a wooden cutting board. Wash tops of cans before opening.