• Has anyone experienced this?

    Asked by Leukemia_WN on Thursday, January 24, 2013

    Has anyone experienced this?

    Going through chemotherapy and I was told my blood count would go up earlier this week. It has not gone up; blood count is still at 0. Doctors say not to worry, but I am worried since they seemed to think it would go up.

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      If your blood count were 0, you would be dead. Chemo will lower blood counts because it kills blood cells. If you are taking neulasta or neutegen in conjunction with chemo, it helps rebuild while blood cells, but your WBC will still be lower than normal, just not as low as without it. The is a growth/dormacy cycle for all cells, but predicting the pinnacle and nadir of those cycles can be more art than science.

      over 5 years ago
    • LisaLathrop's Avatar

      Been there! I made the mistake of voicing "I'm going to be a textbook case" at the get go. NOT! My counts were VERY slow to rise, but even a little bit each day is rising. Hang in there....your counts will go up. Be patient and have faith and a positive attitude.

      over 5 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Many chemo drugs impact the bone marrow's ability to create Red, White and Platelet cells. I have had issues with all three. In fact issues with my platelet count, my oncologist is taking off of Carboplatin. I bottomed out before (23) and it took weeks to get up to 97 two weeks ago. My count was 50 last week, and 46 today. There are drugs and treatments then take care of the red and white blood cell issues, unfortunately nothing for platelets, if you get bellow 10 they will give you a transfusion, but it last only 3 days.

      over 5 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      BTW until December my blood counts always recovered within two weeks.

      over 5 years ago
    • TrueTiger's Avatar

      Hi Leukemia_WN. What type of leukemia do you have? By blood count still at 0, dId you mean your Neutrophils? Mine are at or near 0 for the last several months through few treatments that didn't seem to work for me. I have T-Cell LGL. Hanging in there and working diligently with my doctors on the next options. I wish you all the best.

      over 5 years ago

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