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Can thrombocytopenia be induced by chemotherapy?

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Dr. Christian Schultheis
Hematology and Oncology 24 years experience
Yes: Certain chemotherapy drugs have a higher likelihood of thrombocytopenia.
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Yep: All blood cell lines (including platelets) can be affected by chemotherapy, some chemos more than others. Your doctor will check your CBC regularly for this. If you notice undue bleeding, though, make sure to let him/her know.

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