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Ambulatory management in low risk neutropenic sepsis – A plea for integrated acute cancer care

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Neutropenic Sepsis (NS) is a well recognised treatment complication, typically occurring 7-10 days following cancer cytotoxic chemotherapy. Colleagues in acute medicine will be only too familiar with the scenario of cancer patients that present with fever in the absence of localising signs and symptoms and with a very low yield from microbiological cultures. The incidence and mortality of NS are poorly defined and historically, management guidelines have often been developed in relative isolation from the broader subject of infection and sepsis care. Despite the lack of a clear and pragmatic definition, NICE guidance CG151 (2012) identified suspected NS as a medical emergency requiring prompt empirical broad spectrum antibiotics.

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