Caring for the Patient With Cancer at Home

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Blood counts, changes in

Cancer and cancer treatment often cause drops in blood count levels. The problems caused by low blood counts depend on which type of blood cell is affected.

For more on low red blood cell (hemoglobin or HGB) counts, see the section called “Anemia.”

For more on low white blood cell (WBC) counts, see the section called “Infection, increased risk.”

For more on low platelet (PLT) counts see the section called “Bleeding or low platelet count.”

After cancer treatment, it may take a few weeks for your counts to get back to normal. Call us at 1-800-227-2345 or visit if you would like to know more about what your blood test results mean.

Last Medical Review: 06/08/2015
Last Revised: 06/08/2015