Low Blood Counts

Cancer and the treatments used for cancer can affect your blood counts. These articles detail how your blood counts are affected. 


Guide to Blood Counts

Cancer itself and the therapies used to treat it can affect your normal blood counts. This article explains the various types of blood cells, what their normal levels should be and how your body is affected when these counts become too low. Includes a chart to track blood counts.

Low Red Blood Cell Count (Anemia)

Anemia is a decrease in the number of red blood cells (RBC). This article describes details about anemia, signs and symptoms and how it is treated. 

Low Platelet Count (Thrombocytopenia)

Low platelet count, also know as thrombocytopenia, can be caused by cancer itself, radiation and chemotherapy. Platelets play a major role in blood clotting so thrombocytopenia puts you at a higher risk of bleeding. This article details what you can do to prevent bleeding, how to reduce bleeding and general precautions to take when you have thrombocytopenia.  

Low White Blood Cell Count (Neutropenia)

A neutrophil is a type of white blood cell that acts as a first responder when an infection is starting in the body. When this count is low it is called neutropenia. This handout discusses neutropenia, precautions to take to decrease risk of infection, signs of infection and food safety while neutropenic.

Iron Deficiency Anemia

This article provides an overview of iron deficiency anemia, its symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatment.

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