Chemotherapy and radiation affect the bone marrow where all your
blood cells are made. The majority of patients receiving
chemotherapy and/or radiation will have some low blood counts. The
white blood cells are your infection-fighting cells, so when they
are lowered, usually seven to 14 days after treatment, you are at a
higher risk for getting an infection.
Please tell your nurse or doctor if you have:
Your white blood cell count will get better. Until then, it is
important to take these extra precautions to prevent infections.
Please ask your nurse if you have any questions about low white
blood cell counts and infection precautions.
Health's Patient Education Department, How To Deal With Low White Blood Cells,
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