Infectious Complications

Infectious complications remain a major cause of morbidity in children with cancer.  This is a consequence of the abnormalities in the host defense system that result from both the cancer itself as well as the treatments used to control it.  Unfortunately, the risk for such infections can limit the ability to deliver potentially beneficial cancer therapy.  Thus, strategies to both treat these infectious complications as well as to prevent them are integral to the practice of pediatric oncology.