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Low White Blood Cell Counts and Infection Risk

Brian Wojciechowski, MD talks about what white blood cells do, why cancer treatment affects them, and why that's important.
Jun 17, 2020

Listen to the podcast to hear Dr. Wojciechowski explain:

  • the different types of white blood cells and what they do in the body

  • how chemotherapy and targeted therapy medicines lower white blood cell counts

  • why low white blood cell counts raise the risk of infection

  • how doctors monitor white blood cell counts

  • symptoms of infection to watch out for

  • steps you can take during chemotherapy to keep your risk of infection as low as it can be

About the guest
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Brian Wojciechowski, MD

Dr. Wojo is a medical oncologist outside of Philadelphia, PA, with Crozer Health. His research has been presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, and he is a speaker on medical ethics and the biology of cancer. Dr. Wojo sees cancer as a scientifically complex disease with psychological, social, and spiritual dimensions.

— Last updated on June 29, 2022, 2:49 PM

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