• Pancreatic Cancer

    Asked by Blue on Tuesday, August 14, 2012

    Pancreatic Cancer

    Chemotherapy and low blood counts. How low is too low?

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Different labs may have slightly different ranges, but for WBC low is generally below 4.8 and for RBC below 4.2. Your blood counts will be low during chemo. If what you are asking is how low can they be before chemo treatments are suspended, that varies from oncologist to oncologist as well as each patient's general health.,

      about 4 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar

      Hi Blue, I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2006 - Stage IV. The oncologist did a complete debulking and removed all the cancer he could see. We started chemo with I/v and I/P infusions. A 28 day cycle of Day one I/V, Day 2 I/P and Day 8 I/P... Then after the 28th day... starting over. Was to do six 28 day cycles. I had the I/V and the first I/P... but couldn't have the one on day 8 due to bloodcount... They gave me a shot of Neulasta. It stimulates the bone marrow to produce. and boy does it work well. I completed all my chemo cycles with no more problems, I'd finish the day 8 and on day 9 get the shot and all would be well. I then was given chemo once a month for the next 12 months... I was 62 at diagnosis I've just turned 69... and am still testing cancer free. I wish you well with your chemo. I know I sat back and asked the Lord to lead me through to where he wanted me to be. My fear left and I'm going to be dancing at my grandson's wedding this saturday... God is Good!

      about 4 years ago
    • Madison's Avatar

      Hi Blue. I am a lab tech and the definition of low blood counts really is up to your oncologist and what he prefers to go by. For my husband's case, they had a formula they would use based on his White blood count and some of his WBC cell types. If that formula result was below a certain point, they would postpone his treatment one week. But basically they would give treatment if his total WBC count was 1.0 or above. If you do get chemo when your WBC is low, but not so low that they won't give it, just try to stay away from crowds or sick people while your WBC count rebounds in about 1 week. I hope that information helps you and hope that you continue in your successful fight against this disease!

      about 4 years ago
    • Blue's Avatar

      Thank you Madison, Carol-Charlie, and nancyjac for your helpful answers.

      about 4 years ago

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