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How can my white blood cell count affect my AIDS-related cancer treatment?

For people with AIDS-related cancers, a low white blood cell count could affect treatment. For example, a woman who has a pre-cancerous growth removed from her cervix is more likely to see it return the lower her white blood cell count is (also called CD4 count or helper T-cell count), especially if it is below 50.

The white blood cell count is a good way to gauge the strength of the immune system. People with low white blood cell counts may not be able to take the standard amounts of chemotherapy medicines without damaging their bodies even further. However, taking anti-HIV medicine may help the body handle chemotherapy, which generally improves the treatment results.

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