• Is there anything I can do to get my blood platlettes up so I can get chemo on time. Have missed 6 of my 12 treatments.

    Asked by Darlie on Thursday, August 9, 2012

    Is there anything I can do to get my blood platlettes up so I can get chemo on time. Have missed 6 of my 12 treatments.

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    • CarolLHRN's Avatar

      Unfortunately, the answer is no. I had the same issue. Every time I had a chemo appointment I would sweat it out wondering if my platelets would be OK for chemo. I do know that alcohol affects your body's ability to make platelets so I stopped all alcohol. I don't think it helped too much. My platelets got so low that I had an uncontrollable bloody nose and had to go to the ER to get it packed. At that time my platelets were 31. My doctor didn't transfuse platelets until 25 so I never go a transfusion.

      Even after I finally got through my chemo, it took a long, long time for my platelets to start to come up. It was about 10 weeks before they were above 100.

      It's very, very frustrating. Know that you are not alone in this issue but unfortunately, there isn't anything you can do. I did a lot of research about foods to eat and they say some citrus foods but I didn't notice that it helped.

      Hang in there. I feel your pain. But you will get through it.

      about 8 years ago
    • Darlie's Avatar

      Thank you Carol. Yes I will get through this.

      about 8 years ago
    • Rose's Avatar

      This is from the web site "About.com".
      Treatment of Chemo-Induced Thrombocytopenia: Thrombocytopenia (Low Platelet Count)
      If chemotherapy is found to be the cause of your low platelet counts, you may have to stop treatment temporarily while you recover. Thrombocytopenia can be treated with a transfusion of platelets, usually done in a hospital. Your doctor may also use injections of thrombopoietic growth factors, such as Neumega (oprelvekin) to stimulate platelet production.

      about 8 years ago
    • agrogan's Avatar

      Research " Papaya leaf extract ". I took it during the chemo treatment and it worked for me from IOWA select hebs. It's a solution that comes in a tincture form that you mix a few drops in water and drink it 2 times a day. I started taking it after I missed a treatment and kept my levels at arround 114. Please talk to your Dr. first, it worked for me, but the delay in tratment works be patient. Also eat the papaya fruit it's hard to find good ones where I live but it's another idea.

      about 8 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar

      Have you recived any Neulasta shots? I got mine one day after completing each chemo cycle and only missed one infusion due to my blood....

      about 8 years ago

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