Low White Blood Cell(WBC) count
The WBCs are involved in countering infections.During chemotherapy, there is a reduction in the number of WBCs. G-CSF growth factors are administered to help in the production of WBCs and to tackle infections. The patient must always maintain cleanliness in order to avoid infections. Antibiotics are given to manage infections.
Low platelet count
Chemotherapy causes a decline in the platelet count too and this may result in the following symptoms-
- Easy bruising
- Red spots on skin(petechiae)
- Bleeding from nose
- Bleeding from minor cuts
In case of heavy bleeding, a platelet transfusion might be required.