• White Blood Cell Count LOW & I need to raise the count, "Is it by food or supplement?

    Asked by Tighthead on Monday, April 9, 2012

    White Blood Cell Count LOW & I need to raise the count, "Is it by food or supplement?

    Second Chemo not given because my White Blood Cell count is still low. Eating a lot of broccoli, collard greens, string beans, beets, turnips, tuna, fish, and red meat (protein). ANY SUGGESTIONS?
    Feel miserable but I have another day.

    10 Answers from the Community

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    • CarolLHRN's Avatar

      My white cell count was low this week and I was given a shot of Neulasta which makes your bone marrow produce more white blood cells. Patients with low white blood cell counts usually get it once per cycle (month). You may want to ask your doctor about it. I was told once I was on Neulasta that I didn't have to worry about my white count. Now if there was a shot for platelets, I would be one happy camper!

      almost 9 years ago
    • cpooh5150's Avatar

      I've been told by dr's and nurses (chemo) that there is not a "food or supplement" to aide in increasing the WHITE BLOOD COUNT. My husband has experienced this every time he had chemo. When we went the following week after his chemo treatment and did his blood work he would put him on a rx of Levaquin antibiotics.

      Sometimes due to his platelets being so low he would end up in the hospital. The only way it would go back up was with the TONS of IV antibiotics and REST.... that's about all I know.

      Hope this helps in some way.

      almost 9 years ago
    • cpooh5150's Avatar

      to CarolLHRN for real right? wouldn't that be nice to have a shot for platelets???

      Did they tell you to take Clariten for 3 days starting with the day of the Neulasta shot? They told us that it helps with the achey pains you get from the shot.

      Also Tighthead ~~ Sometimes my husband's chemo treatment would be put off a few days because the Neulasta didn't do it's job (he is on R-CHOP which is 2 days of treatment then off 2-3 weeks etc..) So they would give him Neupogen shots for 2-3 days. That is like the Neulasta only it is not "time released" and of course have to wait the 3 weeks before you can do the Neupogen. It is short burts that bring your WBC up quick but doesn't last for a extended period of time.

      almost 9 years ago
    • susie81610's Avatar

      I have been getting neulasta shots for the last 3 chemos blood count was good for a month so we tried a chemo session without and my white blood count dropped way low so I had to do the neupogen which brought it back up so now I'm back on the neulasta shots every 21 days with chemo. I also tried taking the clariten for 3 days but it did not work for me but I have read up that alot of people use it everyones body is different.
      The Dr. told me no matter what I eat it will not make white blood cells the only way I can do it is by the shots. Make sure you keep up on the pain if it gets too bad stay on it. Good Luck!

      almost 9 years ago
    • markmather's Avatar

      Neulasta worked for me in the beginning of my 3 months of treatment. No breaks for low blood count. By the end it didn't work and I ended up in intensive care getting a large transfusion and platelets. The new blood made me feel so much better. I told my oncologist I was tired of my old blood. I always tried to keep a sense of humor so I would be ready to get back on my feet when I was able. Good luck and keep the faith.

      almost 9 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Just as clarification, Neulasta targets neutrifils, one type of white blood cells. It does not have any affect on red blood cells or platelets.

      almost 9 years ago
    • Tighthead's Avatar

      I thank you for your comments and I will take it up with my doctor. Even though I cancelled my INFUSION I will go in and talk about the NEULASTA, NRUPOGEN, & get honest with the Chemo Staff & Doctor about how I really been feeling. ince my caregiver / women friend left I have found a nurse in the VA system who is sending a Social Worker to address my inability to do daily activities. Thanks for caring & sharing.....HANGING IN THERE!

      almost 9 years ago
    • saltermd's Avatar

      There are really no foods to boost white blood cells (WBC). Time is the best remedy for low counts. Neulasta is best used immediately following chemo to help speed recovery of WBC counts. It is expensive and therefore not used for every patient in every circumstance. There is a similar injection for platelets called Neumega, but due to cost and side effects it is rarely used ( I personally do not use this drug). If low WBC counts occur in spite of neulasta then the only good preventive strategy is lowering the dose of chemo next cycle. Your doctor may feel that neulasta is not indicated, but it is worth at least mentioning. Best of luck.

      almost 9 years ago
    • collinsb01's Avatar

      Nuelasta was my remedy for low WB also. Same story as everyone else for red cells. Now that I am on Alimta, I haven't had a problem with either low White or red cells.

      almost 9 years ago
    • andunje's Avatar

      What if the white blood cell fall to 3.5 and which reason makes them drops?

      about 8 years ago

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