The purpose of cancer treatments is to destroy cancer cells. Unfortunately, the treatments (chemotherapy, radiation and more) can also affect healthy cells, which may result in various side-effects such as a low blood cell count.
Low blood cell counts, can cause multiple complications and may also delay the next scheduled treatment. A complete blood count (CBC) measures the following components:
Common treatments for low blood count include:
Discuss with your health care team the benefits and risks of each treatment. When blood count is low, there are certain lifestyle behaviors to adopt, for example:
If you have any questions regarding effects of cancer treatments on the blood counts, you are most welcome to ask in one of the professional groups at Belong Beating Cancer Together app. Wishing you the best of health, The Belong Team