Preventing Infections in Cancer Patients
People receiving chemotherapy are at risk for developing an infection when their white blood cell count is low. White blood cells are the body’s main defense against infection. This condition, called neutropenia, is common after receiving chemotherapy. For patients with this condition, any infection can become serious quickly.
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Neutropenia and Risk for Infection: What You Need to Know [PDF-174KB] explains the risk of getting an infection when your white blood cell count is low while you are receiving chemotherapy.