How often are blood counts done?

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Question from Abdul: How often should blood cell counts be done during four cycles of chemo?
Answers - Jennifer Griggs, M.D., M.P.H. In general, we check blood counts the day of chemotherapy or the day before chemotherapy. Unless you are feeling ill, having a fever, or having other severe side effects—such as a drop in blood pressure—there is probably no need to check your blood counts more often than that. If you are on a clinical trial, the study may ask you to have your blood work done more often, but this is not usually the case anymore.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Chemotherapy Updates featured Jennifer Griggs, M.D., M.P.H. and Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about advances in chemotherapy treatment: different types of drugs and regimens, how to reduce or eliminate unpleasant side effects, and more.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in February 2002.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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