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    Looking for alternatives to Gemzar/Cisplatin

    Asked by jim on Sunday, November 6, 2011

    Looking for alternatives to Gemzar/Cisplatin

    We have kind of run into a wall with the Chemo treatments my mom has been receiving. She has suddenly developed a reaction to the cisplatin component and platelet counts have been so knocked down by the gemzar that she has been unable to receive chemo treatments for several weeks. The doctors stated they were not sure she would be able to get enough chemo because of the platelet problem to have any impact on the cancer. Anyone run into this problem and find alternative chemo cocktails that worked outside of gemzar/cisplatin?

    3 Answers from the Community

    • KarenG_WN's Avatar
      KarenG_WN

      Hi Jim,

      Thanks for posting your question. I'm sorry that our mom is having a hard time with the chemo. I know we've had a few discussions about Gemzar, so hopefully someone will weigh in soon. I will see if I can reach out to some others as well as do some research in case I can find somebody else who might be able to help.

      In the meantime, please keep us posted on how your mom is doing.

      Stay strong,
      Karen

      over 2 years ago
    • NewFlower's Avatar
      NewFlower

      Hi,
      I am very sorry. My friend, who is on the same regimen has been given a blood transfusion after the each cycle. Gezmar is known for lowing blood counts.
      I was on Taxotere/Cytoxan combination with Neulasta shot (given within 24 hours) to boost WBC every time. Ask you doctor about it

      over 2 years ago
    • Joy535's Avatar
      Joy535

      I don't know about alternatives, but I get blood transfusions (or platelets) when my counts are low. It really makes a difference in how I feel, and then I can have more chemo. I've had 3 transfusions and just finished my last chemo treatment today! Good luck to your Mom; ask her Drs. if they can order a blood transfusion...

      over 1 year ago

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