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- Taking care with infections during chemotherapy
Taking care with infections during chemotherapy
If your white blood cell levels drop during treatment, you are more likely to catch colds or more serious infections and need to go to hospital.
How to reduce your risk
When to seek medical help
To prevent the spread of infections:
Contact your doctor or go to the nearest hospital emergency department immediately if you experience one or more of the following symptoms:
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