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Category: Patients

C. diff survivor and advocate shares her story

Nancy C Caralla

Guest Author: Nancy C Caralla Founding Executive Director, President of the C Diff Foundation. My name is Nancy Caralla, and I know all too much about Clostridium difficile (C. diff).  I am a nurse and contracted C. diff while caring for patients suffering from this horrible infection. Now, I am a C. diff survivor. Tragically, Read More >

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Cancer Survivor Employs Simple Steps to Fight off Infection During Chemotherapy

Pamela Bryant, MS

Author: Pamela Bryant, MS Health Communications Specialist, CDC To do: Biopsy MRI Port-a-Cath Chemotherapy Genetic Testing Lumpectomy Radiation The above list is not exactly the type of to-do list I ever thought I’d be faced with. As you can imagine, this list of tests, screenings, procedures, and treatments was a bit overwhelming as I was Read More >

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Helping Cancer Patients Prevent Infections this Winter


Author:   Alice Guh, M.D., M.P.H. Medical Officer, CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion When you are battling cancer, the last thing you want to get is an infection.  This is one of the reasons why I am involved in Preventing Infections in Cancer Patients,  a program focused on providing information, action steps and tools for Read More >

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Program to Prevent Infections in Cancer Patients Hits Home


Guest Author – Lisa Splitlog   Director, CDC Value Communications CDC Foundation As a CDC Foundation staff member, I’m always proud to share with my family and friends how we help advance the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) lifesaving work through public-private partnerships that help protect our nation’s health security and contribute to Read More >

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