Fever and neutropenia during cancer treatment

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An overview on fever and a side effect of chemotherapy, called neutropenia. Learn how this side effect will be managed.

Key points

  • Neutropenia occurs when the number of white blood cells decrease to low amounts. This can happen as a result of cancer treatment.
  • A low white blood cell count puts a child at risk for infection. Fever is often the first sign of an infection.
  • If your child has fever and neutropenia they will receive antibiotics.
Last updated: February 13th 2024