The total white blood cell count determines the body's ability to fight infection. Treatment for cancer kills healthy white cells as well as diseased ones. Parents need to expect prolonged periods of low white counts during treatment. To determine the WBC, an automated electronic device counts the number of white cells in a liter of blood. If your lab sheet uses K/uL instead of mm3, multiply by 1,000 to get the value in mm3. For example, on the lab sheet in Figure B-1, the total WBC is 0.7 K/uL. Therefore, 0.7 X 1,000 = 700 mm3.
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