Low Counts

The term anemia refers to lower-than-normal amounts of RBCs. Anemia is common in many patients with blood disorders and in cancer patients receiving chemotherapy. Someone who is anemic may feel tired and weak. For more information on low blood counts visit Cancer.org.

“Low white count” means a lower-than-normal number of white blood cells. This makes a person less able to prevent or fight infections. This condition is called leukopenia. Granulocytopenia or neutropenia means a lower-than-normal number of neutrophils, or the white blood cells that kill harmful bacteria.

Patients with low platelet counts have lower-than-normal numbers of platelets (also referred to as thrombocytopenia). This condition, if severe, may cause a person to bruise and bleed more easily.