• Anyone know of a good way to boost there white blood cells up ? i have had to miss out on 2 rounds of my chemo

    Asked by Jean on Tuesday, October 25, 2011

    Anyone know of a good way to boost there white blood cells up ? i have had to miss out on 2 rounds of my chemo

    i am on oxypilatin and Leucovorin 3 hours and 5-fu pump for 46 hours. They replaced 5-fu for the xaloda pills i was on they made me very sick so i have had 1 sestion of my new drugs and then my white bloods cells went down. they already cut my doseing down by 10% they said they can not go more then 20% .

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    • leepenn's Avatar

      Are you able to receive the Neupogen shot? That boosts the infection fighters count... The absolute neutrophils number is what gets me kicked out of chemo, but when I get that shot, those counts go up. Problem is that when you direct the bone marrow to make lots of something, it does so at the expense of the other things. So, once I ended up kicked out of chemo for low platelets.

      They reduced my carboplatin by 20% due to low blood counts... I've been receiving the Neupogen shot whenever I have neutropenia (low neutrophils). We're trying to minimize the neupogen... My experimental drug apparently eats platelets, so minimizing neupogen is definitely a good thing... unless I drop below a safe level.

      Hope this helps.

      over 10 years ago
    • Asia's Avatar

      Hello Jean,
      My chemo regiment is called R-CHOP and I've just completed the first treatment session. Approximately 24 hours after the chemo treatment, I was given a shot called Neulasta. This shot is given to help speed the recovery of your white blood cells.
      God speed...

      over 10 years ago
    • mybirch's Avatar

      I have recently been doing a lot of studies about cancer, my father was rather abruptly diagnosed and it's been quite difficult so I want to educate myself about this. Ive read a LOT of documentation about certain mushrooms that boost one of the types of white blood cells, in a European study, it was over 3000%, my family is from Sweden, so I tend to find out as much as I can about therapies there, the main mushrooms are cordiceps, miataki, reishi and turkey-tail, I found a complex supplement on a few web sites that looked great and in Europe are used as 'complimentary' drugs with chemo or radiation. I know it may sound too 'out there'...but it may be worth a try....I dont tout any one website, but having purchased lots of vitamins and supplements and shopped at Whole Foods, I know prices are crazy...we found a good web site, vitacost, stuff on there tends to be LITTERALLY 50% cheaper then retail stores. By the way...the white blood cells that get boosted are the NK cells(Natural Killer Cells), but definitely do your own reading and research and consult your Dr., this is just something I read a lot about and have gotten a year supply for my Dad. Best of luck to you...I hope you get the treatments you need soon!

      over 10 years ago
    • 1lovinglife's Avatar

      I cut out milk. A friend of a friend that has fought breast cancer had to keep missing Chemo. I loved milk and cookies or cereal with milk. I stopped drinking it and I was able to start Chemo again. Seemed like a small thing, but it worked. I guess milk didn't do my body good. Hope this helps.

      about 10 years ago
    • tugger's Avatar

      accupuncture as much as i can. we have a community accupuncture which means its very affordable

      over 9 years ago
    • alivenwell's Avatar

      I'm also on Neulasta. And the my treatment is called FOLFOX which includes oxypilatin as well Leucovorin. So far, I've had one low blood count, but no nausea. I was told to drink a lot of water especially after a 3 day treatment with FOLFOX. Sometimes they can give an antinausea med through an IV. One trick that I was told was to eat simple carbs like plain pasta right before treatment. It takes away most of the nausea.

      over 9 years ago

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