Fungal infections in cancer patients

Michael Peter Angarone*

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Abstract

Invasive fungal infections (IFI) have become a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in cancer patients. Infections with these organisms are often difficult to diagnose and treat. Appropriate and timely diagnosis requires a high index of suspicion and invasive procedures, including biopsy, to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment may be difficult, secondary to variable susceptibility and difficulty with exact and specific characterization of the fungal pathogen. The pathogens that are seen range from yeasts to invasive molds. Fortunately newer, noninvasive diagnostic techniques are available to aid in the diagnosis and treatments have become better tolerated and more efficacious.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129-155
Number of pages27
JournalCancer Treatment and Research
Volume161
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

Keywords

  • Aspergillosis
  • Candida species
  • Malignancy
  • Mucormycosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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