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Blood-related Problems

Cancer and its treatment often cause drops in the levels of some types of blood cells, which can be detected with a blood test. The problems caused by low blood counts depend on which type of blood cell is affected. It's important to understand why blood counts can drop and what to expect if they do.

Low White Blood Cells

Neutropenia is the term for having too few of an important type of white blood cell. It can put you at higher risk for infections. Learn more about infections and what to watch for.

Low Red Blood Cells

Having too few red blood cells is called anemia. It can cause you too feel very tired or short of breath. Learn what to look for and how to manage it.

Low Platelet Counts

Having low levels of blood platelets is called thrombocytopenia. People with low platelet counts might bruise or bleed easily. Learn what to watch for and how to manage it.

Blood Clots

Cancer and some cancer treatments can increase your risk of getting blood clots. Learn what causes them, how you might prevent them, & how they can be managed.