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Keeping track of their child's blood counts becomes a way of life for parents of children with cancer. Unfortunately, misunderstandings about the implications of certain changes in blood values can cause unnecessary worry and fear. To help prevent these concerns, and to better enable parents to help spot trends in the blood values of their child, this article explains the blood counts of healthy children, the blood counts of children being treated for cancer, and what each blood value means.