• Blood transfusions

    Asked by Ydnar2xer on Friday, December 28, 2012

    Blood transfusions

    Am facing my third blood transfusion tomorrow since November 16th. Anyone else have this much trouble w/their red/white counts?

    6 Answers from the Community

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    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      I was only required to have on transfusion and that was after the completion of my chemo treatments. By that time, my numbers were pretty much shot to XXX.

      almost 4 years ago
    • packerbacker's Avatar

      I also got 3 transfusions in about 2 months, and had several chemo treatments held due to low white counts or platelets. It depends on which meds you are on and how your body reacts to them. I don't think it is that uncommon to need transfusions here and there. Sometimes, as was my case, my onc had to lower the doses of my meds. Talk to your doc about it if it is something that is a concern for you. Best of luck to you!

      almost 4 years ago
    • SpunkyS's Avatar

      Yes, I did. I think it was 5 episodes of transfusions in the 6 months. Usually because my platelets were low. But did require several units of packed cells too. It got to the point I knew when my nasal discharge was a certain watery consistency and a certain tinge of orange that it was time to get my counts checked (between regular checks) before I started with a nose bleed and a trip to ER. And the staff at the Cancer Center took me seriously when I called with the info. Yay for them!

      almost 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I had 3 transfusions in 2 days. With my inflammatory breast cancer, I needed to have multiple and rather complex surgeries following chemo and because of my low WBC and platelet counts from chemo, plus the risk of infection due to the number and length of surgeries the transfusions were required. Your situation is fairly common and actually normal given that the intent of chemo is to kill cells, include white and red blood cells.

      almost 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      You bet you. I missed this week's transfusion due to very low platelets (27), my oncologist was going to give me a platelet transfusion, but then decided that the issue might be caused by a rare side effect of a new BP med I was put on (super high BP is a side effect of Avistan) - I went off it, and had a CBC yesterday and am scheduled for another one on Monday. Guess he's hoping I bounce back. I missed two infusions due to low white counts - I now take nupergen which works. I had a transfusion for sever anemia the day before Thanksgiving (hemoglobin was 8), I also missed an infusion in late august due to lowish platelets (55), my oncolgist thought that was too low for the first treatment of my cycle.

      Sorry you have go through this, but it's nice to know I'm not the only one who is frustrated over missed treatments due to low blood count issues.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      Up to 2008 oncologists were happily giving Aranesp and some other EPO drugs instead of transfusions, and actually giving it to cancer patients with a Hemoglobin below 10. There was even a Medicare project showing how it helped quality of life. Well....turned out the EPO drugs were "feeding" various cancers and people,that got the shots had shorter survival.

      So bring on the blood transfusions, they're natural :). By the way EPO drugs is what the cyclist Armsotromg was accused of doping with.

      almost 4 years ago

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