• What can be done to boost white blood cells and immune system?

    Asked by CMTR123 on Saturday, September 8, 2012

    What can be done to boost white blood cells and immune system?

    FOLFOX did nothing for cancer - having bad reaction to 5FU, what other option is there?

    9 Answers from the Community

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      My white count went down a couple times during my treatment, had to stop until it built back up.Once I had an infection and was put in the hospital for a week while taking antibiotic IV. Second time did nothing, it came back on it's own.
      Hope your treatment starts working for you, I know its frustrating. It will get better! Best of luck to you, and welcom to the site.

      over 8 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Ask your doctor about Neulasta. I had an injection after each chemo treatment to boost production of WBC. It has it's own side effects though which include bone/joint pain for a couple of days each time.

      over 8 years ago
    • nobrand's Avatar

      I second the Neulasta. It does help your counts, but the bone pain is a bummer. The easiest way to fortify your immune system is to care for it and keep it working less. Make sure yourself and others wash their hands and your chances of getting sick will lower.

      I'm sorry to hear about the treatment problems.. I'm sure someone will chime in with some similar experience... good luck :)

      over 8 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar
      FreeBird (Best Answer!)

      When the white blood cells drop low enough, your oncologist should discuss your options. The first time my dad had chemo for a lung cancer, they used a drug called Neulasta. This time around, they used Neupogen. The major difference is that NeuLASTa LASTs for a longer time, while Neupogen requires more frequent injections. The reason they went with that one is that there is less time between chemo sessions this time.


      Hope you have good insurance. The Neulasta was over $8,000. per shot on paper. Sometimes with the Neupogen, they may ask you to give the shots at home to save a trip into the cancer center if you live far away, because they are more frequent. You want to check to make sure your insurance covers it. With my aunt, they were surprised to discover at the pharmacy that self-administered injections were not covered with her plan.

      over 8 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar

      Also, as others have mentioned, he did have some pain in his joints with both.

      over 8 years ago
    • Kristinaako's Avatar

      Your doctor have to dial down 5 fu dose. It cosists from 3 different drugs if your side effect is diarrhea( my friend was a week in a hospital,they were pumping fluids in him) then one of them HAVE to be reduced doze. Also,there are Sandostatin shots( twice a day) that he swears off,keeping his guts in check.

      over 8 years ago
    • Moonflay's Avatar

      The Neulasta shot can be covered by the pharmaceutical company if you do not have insurance. I do not have insurance and all my medication for treatments are done by the parent pharma companies. You have to not make more than 75-120K (not a problem for me, lol), not qualify for medicaid, and not have any kind of insurance. Each chemo session for me totals 22K dollars in meds each time :)

      I had low WBC before treatments began and after the first treatment/shot my WBC jumped into normal range. The shot is painless when given in the tummy (the arm will leave you feeling like you had a flu shot..ugh) and it promotes the regeneration of white blood cells in your bones (your bones produce histamines during the regen which causes the pain in long bones) over a period of 10 days or so. Drinking lots of water and taking Claritin/Zyrtec/Benedryl twice a day beginning the day before and continuing for several days after will dramatically help with the pain associated with the regen. Tylenol or Advil for normal pain and a Tramadol or Vicodin for a couple of days during the worst of the pain is also good idea. I take a Zyrtec during the day and a Benedryl at night (helps sleep through the discomfort) and this regimen works well for me.

      I hope you find a working solution for you soon!

      over 8 years ago
    • Onoi11's Avatar

      I had the injection to boost my white blood count and haven't yet after two days felt the joint/ bone pain I was warned about. Is this normal?

      over 8 years ago
    • threecs' Avatar

      White Tea. Also ask your doc about nuepogen and nuelasta.

      over 8 years ago

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