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Preventing Infections in Cancer Patients

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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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Someone I Love Has Cancer health-e-card

Encourage a cancer patient you care about to learn how to avoid getting an infection during their chemotherapy treatment with CDC’s Someone I Love Has Cancer electronic greeting card.

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Neutropenia fact sheet

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.

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