Your Lab Tests
This two-page handout educates people receiving cancer treatment about lab tests. It explains that lab tests are used to monitor treatment, find problems, and help prevent side effects. The document discusses common types of blood tests, including the complete blood count (CBC), red blood cells (RBCs), platelets (plts), white blood cells (WBCs), and the chemistry panel. It provides brief guidance for understanding lab test results, and includes American Cancer Society contacts for more information.
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