On June 1, 2010 our two year old, "Little Air Bear," was diagnosed with Childhood Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) Type M7. After enduring 146 days at Primary Children's Hospital, Erin is now in remission and living a full life at home with our family. Her strong will and constant happy smile is an inspiration to us all. Through our difficult circumstances we found great strength and peace in our Savior, Jesus Christ. Thank you for checking in on us.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

What is ANC?

Absolute neutrophil count (ANC): The real number of white blood cells (WBCs) that are neutrophils. The absolute neutrophil count is commonly called the ANC.

The ANC is not measured directly. It is derived by multiplying the WBC count times the percent of neutrophils in the differential WBC count. The percent of neutrophils consists of the segmented (fully mature) neutrophils) + the bands (almost mature neutrophils). The normal range for the ANC = 1.5 to 8.0 (1,500 to 8,000/mm3).

Neutrophils are key components in the system of defense against infection. An absence or scarcity of neutrophils (a condition called neutropenia) makes a person vulnerable to infection. After chemotherapy, radiation, or a blood or marrow transplant, the ANC is usually depressed and then slowly rises, reflecting the fact that the bone marrow is recovering and new blood cells are beginning to grow and mature.

In practical clinical terms, a normal ANC is 1500 or higher; a "safe" ANC is 500-1500; a low ANC is less than 500.

(Information was borrowed from medterms.com)


  1. WOW I just checked your blog and I had a lot to catch up on! I love the "numbers" post. I need to keep track of Cami's too.. what a great idea. I loved our chat the other night. I could go for that about once a week- and Erin is just a JOY! I really wanted to take her home with me. I will bring Cami by to visit on Thursday after clinic. Thank for the updates!

  2. We will look forward to seeing you and Cami on Thursday. Erin will love it!

  3. Hello was wondering how Erin is doing today ? God bless

  4. She is doing really well. Thank you for asking. She has her 3 year check up coming up and has been in remission for 3 years now. It is a beautiful blessing.