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.
For Patients and Caregivers
If you're getting chemotherapy, you're at risk for life-threatening infections when your white blood cell count is at its lowest.
About the Program
Preventing Infections in Cancer Patients provides information, action steps, and tools to help reduce infections during chemotherapy.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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