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Neutropenia in the Chemotherapy Patient
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Decreasing Rates of Neutropenia in the Chemotherapy Patient Student School Course Number and Title Professor Session Decreasing Rates of Neutropenia in the Chemotherapy Patient Literature Review A review of the literature suggests that 'not only a life-threatening complication, it can also lead to a decision to reduce chemotherapy intensity in subsequent treatment cycles' (Cameron, 2009, p101), suggesting that it is important to understand the condition, how it arises and methods that can be used to lower the rate of neutropenia in the chemotherapy patient.
The study by Cameron (2009) suggests that one of the most effective ways of lowering the incidence of mortality from neutropenia is educating the patients. The paper suggests that letting the patients know what the signs of (febrile) neutropenia are and how they can be recognized will allow patients to understand when to contact their healthcare provider to ensure that they receive treatment for the condition as soon as possible, lowering the mortality of the condition. There are many different side-effects of chemotherapy that can be confused with the development of neutropenia (Nirenburg et al, 2006), but patients should be informed to check for a fever over 37.5C, mouth ulcers and general malaise (Cameron, 2009). The study by Cameron (2009) then goes on to suggest that educating the healthcare providers when the risk of neutropenia is highest and the white blood cell count is likely to be lowest is most imminent during the chemotherapy course. ...
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