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    Thanks for your good advice. I'm just so scared - his prostate cancer went into the bones in January. He's already very miserable from the meds he has to take but is in no pain yet.

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      I know how scary it is!!!! I'm glad he's in no pain!!!

      What are they doing for him? There's a fellow on WhatNext named "Whitey61." He doesn't get on real often, I don't think, but he's had stage 4 prostate cancer for awhile. He's going through an unconventional treatment that is working for him. You might try contacting him if he doesn't see your post. He's brilliant and worked in biotech industry prior to getting sick ... he understands these diseases.

      I hope you and your husband will have a long time togther!!

      about 1 hour ago
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      He's currently taking Eligard shots every 3 months. He also takes Zytiga with Prednisone. He was on other stuff but it stopped working. The next step might be Chemo and he does not want to do it. We have heard it is not that bad but everything has a bad effect on him. Dizziness, fatigue, nausea. I suggested he at least try it. He is treated locally in Ft. Lauderdale but we have also been over to Tampa to Moffitt Cancer Center who agree he is on the correct regimen. Thanks for your suggestion. I will see if I can figure out how to contact Whitey61.

      about 1 hour ago
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      It depends on the type of chemo and your personal response to it. I am one of those lucky people who has terrible problems with my labs during chemo. I had to receive 4 blood transfusions for Frontline Taxol and Carboplatin in 2015 and my neutrophils and platelets dropped low so my chemo was on hold an extra week. In 2018 history repeated itself. I have already received 4 blood transfusions and probably one more coming up next week. Chemo has been held an extra week twice for low platelets/neutrophils. Also chemo dose was reduced by 50% twice for marginal labs It has worsened with each cycle. No one has suggested to me it is diet driven. Although we all need to eat a healthy balanced diet. My oncologist told me I am more sensitive to chemo although quickly added there are other patients of his who have similar problems with their labs. I have donated blood twice before cancer. When I am a candidate to donate blood again I will definitely donate blood. I am a universal donar. O negative.

      about 5 hours ago
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      When I was diagnosed with Stage IV rectal cancer, my blood work, including blood chemistries, were all normal. All of my counts stayed normal during chemo except for neutrophil count - I got neutropenic three times during that year.

      Everyone is different.

      about 5 hours ago
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      @macfightsback, I am sorry you're having issues :( I feel very, very fortunate that I never have. I have no explanation for why I am as fortunate as I am. I'm on immunotherapy now, but before got carboplatin, Alimta and Avastin. Even with the immunotherapy, my doctors are amazed that my blood tests are so consistently good. No one can really explain why, except that I am lucky... (I meant to ask what my blood type is. I have no clue, but I don't think anyone will ever want my blood ... no matter what type ... since there might be lung cancer cells floating around somewhere in there.)

      @JaneA, twice over nearly 6 years of continuous treatments, I have had worrisome blood tests. Once, it was my liver values ... I think once was my kidney values. Anyway, two weeks later when I went back for tests, after changing nothing except forcing down a little bit of Gatorade, the values were back where they needed to be and there they stayed.

      about 4 hours ago
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