• How many times can chemo get delayed?

    Asked by mslisae2 on Wednesday, October 14, 2015

    How many times can chemo get delayed?

    I am supposed to have 6 treatments, 3 weeks apart and to date, my third treatment has been delayed 3 times. The first time it was delayed, my WBC was 853. I get that. The next time it was 1453 - not bad but ok. Today it was 1350 something. Why is is going down? I run 4 - 5 times per week, eat tons of fruits & veggies and get my sleep. I am so frustrated and upset. I wanted to go thru this as scheduled and get on with my life. Any suggestions or help is much appreciated.

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    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      Chemo is Two steps forward and one step back until you're done.

      over 5 years ago
    • cam32505's Avatar
      cam32505

      I had a problem with hemoglobin, so I had 7 units of blood during my last 4 chemo treatments. It was dropping faster than they could replace it, but somehow, I stayed on track and completed my chemo as scheduled.

      over 5 years ago
    • Lorla's Avatar
      Lorla

      I get neupogen now because there's not enough time in between my oral pill intakes to get neulasta. Neulasta works longer--but there has to be at least 2 weeks between ending one chemo treatment and getting another. Sounds like you should qualify for that. When I was getting IV chemo 6 treatments with 3 weeks in between, I got neulasta. Neupogen is the other choice when there isn't 2 weeks in between. But it is short-lived--only about 24 hours. So you usually need a few shots right before next treatment is to start to get the WBC up enough to start treatment. I get 2 shots (1 each day for 2 days), then a CBC. If WBC is OK (& it always is), I restart the chemo.

      over 5 years ago

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