For a person who is in remission from blood cancer, would getting a tattoo be dangerous?

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For a person who is in remission from blood cancer, would getting a tattoo be dangerous?


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Bonnie Bajorek Daneker is author and creator of the The Compassionate Caregiver's Series, which includes "The Compassionate Caregiver's Guide to Caring for Someone with Cancer," "The Journey of Grief," "Handbook on Hospice and Palliative Care," and other titles on cancer diagnosis and end of life. She speaks regularly at cancer research and support functions, including PANCAN and Cancer Survivor's Network. She is a former member of the Executive Committee of the CSN at St. Joseph's Hospital of Atlanta and the Georgia Chapter of the Lymphoma Research Foundation.

Probably not any more dangerous than someone who is not a cancer survivor. The challenges with tattoos are related to the needles, which have usual risks of carrying hepatitis, AIDS, and other blood-born infectious agents.  However, patients that have a history of blood cancer can be more susceptible to infectious complications.