• 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?

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    • Moonflay's Avatar
      Moonflay

      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!
      /Hug

      about 7 years ago
    • Onoi11's Avatar
      Onoi11

      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?

      about 7 years ago
    • threecs' Avatar
      threecs

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

      about 7 years ago

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