Question from diabeasley: What is the standard doctors used for low white blood counts before hospitalization is recommended? (How low do they allow)
Answer from Karleen Habin, R.N., nurse consultant for OnCall+: Breast Cancer:Hi -- this is a great question. I would encourage you to ask your nurse or doctor what the normal value for White Blood Cells (WBC) and Absolute Neutrophil Count (ANC) are. Absoulte Neutrophil Count is a more specific way for us to evaluate how low a "part" of your white blood cell is. Secondly, you need to talk to your medical team and ask them: "what symptoms should I expect and when do you need to hear from me?"
Nowadays, we are able to determine if patients will require additional medications called growth factors to help boost their immune systems. So, again, talk to your medical team.