Blood Test Results and Chemo

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March 4, 2013 at 6:10 pm  #1254468    

gn21

My last chemo of carboplatin and alimta was postponed because of poor blood results. The key ones were HB 100, WBC 2.6, PLT 91, RBC 2.98 and Neutrphils .63. Lots of others were low as well.

Is there anything I can eat, drink or otherwise do to try and improve my results?

Gail

March 4, 2013 at 7:54 pm  #1254477    

Dr West

I’m sorry to hear that — unfortunately, the short answer is no. With your cell lines all down, even doing growth factor shots like G-CSF won’t bring all of the lines up. Usually in someone who has received a lot of prior treatment, it’s primarily that the marrow is getting burned out being on overdrive trying to churn out new cells over and over and over for years.

I wish I had a better answer, and you’ll probably get various well-meaning recommendations to eat things that are proposed to be super-healthy (and probably taste that way), but there’s no quick fix. The main remedy is just time off of chemo to recover the counts over longer than would be required in someone who hasn’t been on a lot of prior therapy.

-Dr. West


Howard (Jack) West, MD
Medical Oncologist

Views expressed here represent my opinion, not those of GRACE or Swedish Cancer Institute. This information does not constitute medical advice and is intended to supplement and not replace medical information provided by your doctor.

March 4, 2013 at 9:07 pm  #1254480    

gn21

Thanks for quick and amusing response!

Well, at least I can know there’s nothing I should be doing (other than drinking bat wings soaked in the juice of termites!) LOL

Gail

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