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White and Red cell counts?


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White blood cells fight infections. Red Blood cells carry oxygen to the cells. You need them bothe. Chemo is one reason they may be low. It affects them also because they are rapidly reproducing like cancer does. There is medicine that can boost their numbers up again. If low, you are tired, perhaps short of breath, and would have difficulty fighting an infection. If white blood cells are high usually it is because you are fighting an infection. If you are dehydrated they may seem high ( RBCs or WBC's ) because actually your fluid volume is too low, making them more concentrated. The Doctor needs to take a lot into consideration deciding what is going on. Donna G

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