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...
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Almost every Sunday morning, I wake up early so I can turn on CBS Sunday Morning, which airs informative stories that often last for 6-7 minutes (as opposed to the snapshot you get from watching the evening news). During yesterday’s show, CBS correspondent Martha Teichner reported that eight out of 10 Americans will have debilitating back pain during their lifetime, causing them to have difficulty walking, bending over or even lying down.
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