Infectious Complications of Oncologic Therapy

  • J. P. Flaherty


Infection complicates the treatment of malignancy either as a direct result of the neoplastic process (e.g., postobstructive pneumonia in a patient with lung cancer) or more commonly, as a result of treatment (e.g., Gram-negative sepsis in a neutropenic patient following high-dose chemotherapy). As our understanding of the pathogenesis of infection in cancer patients has grown and the availability of effective antimicrobial therapy has improved, cancer treatment has become more intensive and antimicrobial resistance has kept pace with the development of new antimicrobial agents. The management of infectious complications in oncology patients requires continued vigilance for evidence of infection in susceptible patients, an awareness of trends in emerging antimicrobial resistance, and knowledge of the appropriate place for newer antimicrobial agents.


Clin Infect Invasive Aspergillosis Invasive Fungal Infection Neutropenic Patient Febrile Neutropenic Patient 
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