Your doctor determines what kinds of tests are needed. If you are receiving chemotherapy, you may have blood work done anywhere from the day of or up to 7 days before your scheduled treatment. This blood work will include a complete blood count (CBC), chemistry profile, and any necessary cancer markers. A blood sample for a complete blood count (CBC) will also be collected seven to fourteen days following your chemotherapy. It is important to be aware of possible symptoms of reduced red blood cell (RBC), white blood cell (WBC), or platelet (PLT) production.
Be sure to report any of the following:
- Fever (over 101º F), congestion, or a cold.
- A rash, blister, easily bruised skin, signs of bleeding, an infected cut, itching or burning in the genital area.
- Weakness, fatigue, or shortness of breath.