Food safety is an important part of food preparation during cancer treatment. Many cancer therapies reduce your immune system, which puts you at an increased risk of infection. There are naturally occurring germs and bacteria on food that ordinarily don't both people, but can be deadly to someone with a weakened immune system.
The most important thing is to cook food thoroughly. Be sure to keep food out of the temperature danger zone, or between 40-140 degrees F, where bacteria likes to grow. Basically, keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold! It is also to avoid undercooked meats as these may contain harmful germs. And remember to refrigerate leftover food as soon as possible. If a food has been at room temperature for more than 2 hours, throw it out.
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