Neutropenia and Cancer Treatment
Neutropenia, or a low white blood cell count, can be caused by certain blood cancers such as leukemia. It can also occur as a side effect of chemotherapy treatment for cancer. Since white blood cells are the body's infection fighters, patients with neutropenia have a higher risk of infection. In this short video, University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center nurse Laura Riley, R.N., provides an introduction to neutropenia and discusses ways to protect yourself from infection during your treatment.