• My sister in law is under treatment of breast cancer stage 4, it possible to infect to family member while she is coughing?

    Asked by Jivan on Tuesday, March 5, 2013

    My sister in law is under treatment of breast cancer stage 4, it possible to infect to family member while she is coughing?

    My sister in law is under treatment of breast cancer stage 4, it possible to infect to family member while she is coughing?

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    • Becky@UMich's Avatar
      Becky@UMich RN, BS, OCN, Cancer AnswerLine Nurse (Best Answer!)

      HI Jivan, Thanks for your question, I'm sure others have wondered the same thing. The good news is that cancer is not contagious. It cannot be passed from one person to another like a cold or the flu. There is no evidence that close contact, touching, sharing food or even breathing the same air can spread cancer from one person to another. The American Cancer Society has some great information on this topic- read more by visiting:http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancerbasics/is-cancer-contagious
      Hope this is helpful! Becky RN OCN

      over 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac

      That depends on what is causing the cough. But the more important concern is her becomeing infected by family members since her immune system is most likely depressed from her cancer treatments.

      over 4 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar
      Clyde

      She can't give you cancer from coughing anymore than she can give you freckles. She has more to fear from catching something from you than the other way around.

      over 4 years ago
    • Beannie's Avatar
      Beannie

      Cancer is not a contagious condition. You cannot catch breast cancer from being around someone - she is probably more likely to catch something from you as her immune system is compromised. Cancer is scary - but don't fear that.

      over 4 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar
      gwendolyn

      No, and please make sure the rest of the family knows this. It would be unnecessarily hurtful to isolate her from close social interaction.

      over 4 years ago
    • Jivan's Avatar
      Jivan

      special Thanks to all dear friends.....

      over 4 years ago

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