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Neutropenia in the chemotherapy patient
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Neutropenia in the Chemotherapy Patient NAME EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION Neutropenia is a disorder characterized by a low number of neutrophils, the most important type of white blood cell and one which serves to defend against many infections (Schwenkglenks, 2011).
The concerns that come from this are numerous. Firstly, chemotherapy is a stressful time for the human body, and therefore any further weakening such as neutropenia can cause severe distress and further illness to the patient (Schwenkglenks, 2011). Secondly, as the primary role of neutrophils is to prevent against infection and cancer patients have multiple and frequent contact with the hospital environment, they become immediately more susceptible to any infections found within the hospital, some of which are antibiotic resistant (Kuderer et al, 2007). Finally, any problems arising from neutropenia can disrupt the dosages of chemotherapeutic drugs and therefore delay treatment, causing further problems with cancer (Wood & Pizzo, 1993). Evidently, one of the main goals of cancer treatment is to try to ensure that the patient is as healthy as possible throughout the treatment, and therefore the problem of neutropenia in the chemotherapy patient should be addressed to try and reduce incidences of the problem as well as complications that may arise from the disorder. It is interesting that patients with neutropenia often experience delays in their chemotherapy treatment, again highlighting the need to reduce or eradicate cases of neutropenia. ...
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