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Important Safety Information

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About Low White Blood Cell Counts

Certain chemotherapy drugs that lower the number of white blood cells[an error occurred while processing this directive] are described as myelosuppressive[an error occurred while processing this directive] (my-eh-lo-suh-press-iv). This strong chemo can result in a low white blood cell count, which can cause a condition known as neutropenia [an error occurred while processing this directive] (nu-tro-pee-nee-a). Neutropenia can put patients at risk for certain types of infection[an error occurred while processing this directive] .1

Low white blood cell counts, also known as neutropenia,
may put patients at risk for certain types of infection

Natural Defenses vs. Natural Defenses With Strong Chemo1

White blood cell counts before chemotherapy
Before Chemotherapy:
White blood cells are a key part of your natural defenses. At natural levels, white blood cells help protect your body against infection.
Reduced white blood cell counts with strong chemotherapy
With Strong Chemotherapy:
Strong chemotherapy can reduce your white blood cell count, which may put you at risk for certain types of infection.

Indication

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Important Safety Information

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References:

  1. Wujcik D. Infection. In: Groenwald SL, Goodman M, Frogge MH, Yarbro CH, eds. Cancer Symptom Management. Boston, Mass: Jones &
    Bartlett Publishers; 1996:289-304.
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