- Types of Cancer
- Find a Physician by Specialty
- Schedule an Appointment at the Lifespan Cancer Institute
- Cancer Treatment Information
- Your Care Team
- Support and Rehabilitation
- Living With and After Cancer
- Awards and Certifications
- Patient and Family Advisory Council
- Patient Stories
- Lifespan Cancer Institute and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
- Cancer Program Annual Reports
- Cancer Data Registry
- Cancer Symptoms Not to Ignore
- The Lifespan Cancer Institute In the News
- Giving to the Lifespan Cancer Institute
Platelets are cells that help your blood clot when you bleed. Some types of chemotherapy make it harder for your body to make platelets. A low platelet count is called thrombocytopenia. Your doctor will check your platelet count throughout your chemotherapy treatment.
What to do:
- Use a soft toothbrush.
- Blow your nose gently.
- Be careful when using scissors, knives or sharp objects.
- Use an electric shaver.
- Apply pressure to any cuts until bleeding stops.
- Wear shoes all the time to protect your feet.
- Avoid constipation.
- Do not use dental floss or toothpicks.
- Avoid contact sports or activities that could cause injury.
- Do not use enemas, suppositories, tampons or rectal thermometers.
- Do not wear tight clothes with tight collars, wrists or waistbands.
Check with your doctor or nurse before:
Taking vitamins, herbs, minerals, dietary supplements, aspirin or other over-the-counter medications. Some of these medications may increase your risk of bleeding.
When to call your doctor or nurse:
Please call if your urine is pink or red, if you have black or bloody stools, unexpected bruising or bleeding, bleeding from your nose or gums, or a rash of tiny red or purple dots.