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Low blood cell counts (cytopenias) can be caused by chemotherapy and radiation therapy. These cancer treatments target rapidly dividing cancer cells. The treatments can also affect other rapidly dividing cells, such as those in your bone marrow. You may experience low white blood cell count (neutropenia), low red blood cell count (anemia) or low platelet count (thrombocytopenia). A blood test called a Complete Blood Count (CBC) checks your levels of each blood cell type.
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