Blood cells are the normal cells most often affected by chemotherapy. A low blood count means having fewer new cells in the blood than is normal.
Low blood count due to chemotherapy
What are the different types of blood cells?
There are 3 main types of blood cells:
How long does a low blood count last?
A drop in the blood cell count usually happens 7 to 10 days after your child starts receiving chemotherapy medicines. It takes about 3 to 4 weeks for the bone marrow to recover after the chemotherapy finishes and for the blood count to return to a near normal level.
How often will my child need blood tests?
Your child will have blood tests during chemotherapy to monitor the count levels of the cells. Your child will have blood tests as often as necessary to keep a close check on their blood count. Your child’s healthcare team will monitor the results to see whether your child needs any supportive treatment.
The frequency of blood tests can vary from several times a day to several times a week.
For more information about low blood count see:
Low white cell count and infection in chemotherapy
Low red blood cell count due to chemotherapy
Low platelet count due to chemotherapy