Get the facts about neutropenia and find out how to minimize your risk.
About half of all chemo patients develop neutropenia, a dangerous reduction in white blood cells (the body’s main defense against infection). Because neutropenia makes you vulnerable to infection, it may require you to postpone chemo sessions. During chemo, we’ll track your white blood cells to help you escape neutropenia. If you do have neutropenia, we may prescribe meds to ramp up your body’s white blood cell count.
Signs of infection
Routine blood tests can detect neutropenia, but you should tell us if you develop these signs of infection:
What about febrile neutropenia?
Neutropenia with fever is called febrile neutropenia. You may be most at risk if...