• Is it normal for your platelets to go down during radiation, or could it be a sign that the cancer has spread?

    Asked by Suehendo on Friday, February 8, 2013

    Is it normal for your platelets to go down during radiation, or could it be a sign that the cancer has spread?

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      carm

      Suehendo, Great question! A lot depends on the amount of radiation you are given. Normally radiation does not cause low platelets or thrombocytopenia however, if the dose you received was more than 50 or 60 rads, it will effect your platelets. Normally low platelet counts occur from treatments and not the disease. Tumors need a blood supply to get nourishment and a component of blood product is plasma which contain platelets, so progression of the disease would not normally cause a drop in platelets. The only exception might be if you suffered from hepatocellular or liver cancer where the bodys clotting factor is produced. I hope this clarifies this for you, Carm RN.

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