Taking care with infections
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.
Ways to reduce your risk
When to seek medical help
| To prevent the spread of infection:
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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