Did you know that one of the most dangerous side effects of chemotherapy cannot be seen? A low white blood cell count, a condition called neutropenia, is a side effect of chemotherapy that puts cancer patients at a higher risk for getting an infection and is common after receiving treatment.
Why is an infection dangerous? An infection in people with cancer is an emergency. In fact, it’s estimated that each year 60,000 cancer patients are hospitalized for chemotherapy-related infections and one patient dies every two hours from this complication.