Understanding Febrile Neutropenia as a Serious Side Effect of Chemotherapy

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Hematologist in the Division of Medical Oncology and Hematology at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto

A common treatment regimen for lymphoma and other types of cancer, chemotherapy has a number of potential side effects. While many are visible – such as hair loss, nausea, fatigue and vomiting – there are also less visible and potentially serious side effects, like febrile neutropenia that can have a negative impact on a patient’s course of treatment.

Dr. John Kuruvilla, a Hematologist in the Division of Medical Oncology and Hematology at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto, explains this side effect and what patients can do to prevent and manage the condition.

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