RVT Community Animal Medicine Project West Covina, CA, United States
General Veterinary Technician Session: Sepsis is often thought to be synonymous with infection. This lecture goes into detail about sepsis brought on from chemotherapy. It delves into how chemotherapy works on the cells of the body, specifically the white blood cells, and how nadir periods work. Side effects from chemotherapy and how they differ from symptoms of neutropenia are discussed. A brief overview of general sepsis is presented and then compared to what we see with chemotherapy induced sepsis. The treatment depends on the severity of the neutropenia and symptoms. Finally, we discuss how to prevent this with future chemotherapy treatments.
Describe how chemotherapy affects the immune system
Define sepsis and differentiate between the different types
Understand how to treat and prevent chemotherapy induced sepsis