Your doctor and care team may regularly test your blood to make sure your body is tolerating the chemotherapy (chemo).
Chemo doses are frequently computed based on your height and weight, as well as on the results of kidney and liver tests. For this reason, you will have plenty of tests before, during, and after chemo.
Getting your blood drawn is a normal part of most chemo treatments, as your doctor needs to make sure your blood counts are at a good level. If your red cell, white cell, or platelet counts get too low or stay too low, you can have serious problems. Your doctor may require you to be hospitalized to treat these serious chemo side effects.
The Chemotherapy and Infection Discussion Guide can help you understand your
risk of infection
Infection can be a serious side effect of strong chemo. Find out the factors that affect your risk of infection. Simply answer a few questions, and then print your results to share with your doctor.
Use the Chemotherapy and Infection Discussion Guide to find out more.