Fever may be a result of infections or may be a side effect of certain chemotherapy agents used to treat MDS. The Absolute Neutrophil Count (ANC) is used to determine your risk of infection. Guidelines for activities while neutropenic are related to the risk of being exposed to people or things that would increase the chance of developing an infection. Ask your health care providers when you should report a fever, who to call and when you might need emergent treatment. It is essential to treat MDS patients with fevers quickly to avoid the possibility of developing more serious infections.
Cancer Care: Neutropenia http://www.cancer.net/navigating-cancer-care/side-effects/neutropenia
Cancer Care: Infections: http://www.cancer.net/navigating-cancer-care/side-effects/infection
Cancer.net: Infection: http://www.cancer.net/navigating-cancer-care/side-effects/infection
Oncolink: Neutropenia: https://www.oncolink.org/support/side-effects/low-blood-counts/neutropenia