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White blood cells are produced by your bone marrow to help your body fight infection. If you have fewer than normal white blood cells, you have a higher risk of getting an infection.
Breast cancer treatments that can lower your white blood cell count:
Herceptin (chemical name: trastuzumab)
Tykerb (chemical name: lapatanib)
Avastin (chemical name: bevacizumab)
If you get an infection because you have a low white blood cell count, your symptoms may include:
fever (call your doctor immediately if your fever is higher than 101.5 degrees F)
sore throat or cough
shortness of breath
vaginal discharge, itching, or burning during urination
an injury site becomes red, swollen, or warm
Boosting your white blood cell count
If you have a low white blood cell count, your doctor can prescribe medicines to help stimulate your immune system after each round of chemotherapy. Your doctor also may decide to stop you...
What the risks are
There are no risks.
The following may create a false positive result:
Vaginal secretions (such as blood or heavy mucus discharge)
Trichomonas infection (such as trichomoniasis )
False negative tests can be caused by:
High levels of protein
High levels of vitamin C
ABC News recently aired an item that discussed the tuberculosis (TB) risk in children and adolescents that may have caused alarm for children and teens living with type 1 diabetes. The July 2009 issue of The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases noted that nearly one in three children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes have a positive skin test for TB and are at risk of developing active tuberculosis in a TB-endemic area (Cape Town, South Africa). It was unknown if poor control of blood sugars predisposed these children to contracting TB following infection or if the poor glycemic control was secondary to tubercular disease. The authors of the study in South Africa determined the prevalence of TB among 258 children with type 1 diabetes under age 21 in TB prevalent areas. The prevalence of TB infection was nearly 30 percent and active TB was noted in 3.5 percent of the children, while 6.2 percent were previously treated for tuberculosis. According to the authors, th...
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