a low white blood cell count, or neutropenia, puts cancer patients at a higher risk for getting an infection.

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Preventing infections

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An infection in people with cancer is an emergency. Be prepared, and remember the following three things during chemotherapy:
1. Treat a fever as an emergency, and call your doctor right away if you develop a fever.
2. Find out from your doctor when your white blood cell count will be the lowest because this is when you are most at risk for infection.
3. If you have to go to the emergency room, it’s important that you tell the person checking you in that you have cancer and are receiving chemotherapy. If you have an infection you should not sit in the waiting room for a long time. Infections can get very serious in a short amount of time.

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Thank you for this information, I have recently started my chemo and would really probably not have considered some of the things you said. Being so new and confused it helps so much to have people who can advise me on how to keep myself safe .

Thank you

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Dennis: here is a NCI booklet if you not already seen it.

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