• My sister went this morning for blood work, her red blood cell count was very low so they told her to basically be quarantined at home.

    Asked by KLHolt on Monday, February 11, 2013

    My sister went this morning for blood work, her red blood cell count was very low so they told her to basically be quarantined at home.

    She had her first round of Chemo January 28th, went for blood work Monday Feb. 4th and blood work came back good and then this happened this morning. Is this normal? Still in shock about the cancer! Appreciate any replys.

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    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I don't know what your sister is being treated with, but many chemo drugs effect the bone marrow which produces blood cells and platelets. I suspect you sister's white blood cells are very low, as they are the ones that fight infection. I was on Carboplatin when I started having blood count issues.The first time my white count was low that I was sent home and "quarantined". The 2nd time I got a prescription for Nupergen which I self injected for 3 days after my treatment. When I developed anemia (very low red blood count) I was given a transfusion and a shot of aricipt. both drugs mentioned help the marrow produce the blood cells in question. My platelets have been too low for an infusion for 4 weeks now. (40,50, 71,46) As soon as they get high enough, 75 is the magic number, I will be treated with a different chemo drugs , There is nothing they can do about low platelets other then wait, I only had a platelet issue once before and the bounced right back up to 150 the next week.

      over 4 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      It was probably her white blood cells that were low and yes, this is completely normal. As SueRae said, you can get shot of Neupogen which will put your bone marrow into overdrive producing more white blood cells. Another medicine used for this is neulasta. I received both of these which were administered to me at my treatment center.

      over 4 years ago
    • SpunkyS's Avatar

      When my White count dropped I was on home quarrantine. Always hoped that it would not drop to the level of quarrantine. If I thought it was dropping I would get someone to take me for a ride down to Lake Michigan the day before lab check so I had something inspiring to think about. Completley normal. Mine dropped enough times that they had to revamp my chemo dosages and then frequency. I could not get Neupogen because of the protocol I was on.

      over 4 years ago
    • Buttercup's Avatar

      My white count dropped to 300, I was put on quarantine. I have also had 4 transfusions for severe anemia. I went to chemo last week. I was told my white count was too low again. I am scheduled for this week and i will receive a shot of neulasta to encourage the bone marrow to make more white cells. It is not unusual that chemo adversely affects your bood counts. Most of the time they can manage this with transfusions or shots depending on which blood count is low.

      over 4 years ago

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