How To Increase Leukocytes For Cancer Sufferers During Chemotherapy?
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Basically chemotherapy has side effects one of which is to kill healthy cells also in the body (in addition to cancer cells), especially cells that divide rapidly. One of the tissues that has cells that divide rapidly is cells in the bone marrow that produce blood cells continuously. Therefore, one of the side effects that often occurs in people who receive chemotherapy is a decrease in the number of blood cells (either hemoglobin, leukocytes, or platelets).
If you have a high risk of infection due to very low leukocytes after chemotherapy, your doctor will usually recommend giving white blood cell growth factors or colony-stimulating factors (CSFs). Not all people who have decreased leukocyte counts need to get this therapy, only people who have low leukocytes with a high risk of infection. You can discuss with your treating doctor whether or not this medication should be given to increase your leukocyte count.
For now, you need to pay close attention to your health condition so you don't get infected. Wash your hands often, wear a mask if you are traveling to a crowded public place, and avoid being close to people who are sick.
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