Understanding Your Blood

Perhaps you or someone close to you has been diagnosed with a blood disorder or cancer that disrupts the normal development of blood cells. Your blood cells may not be produced in the right numbers, or they may not function properly. There are several types of blood cells, and some or all of these may be affected depending on your individual condition.

For this reason, your health care team will regularly monitor your blood counts through a test referred to as a complete blood count (CBC). The results of these blood tests help your care team determine what is happening within your body. Knowing what these measurements mean will help you understand more about your condition, its symptoms and the orchestration of treatment.