Low blood platelets and chemotherapy

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how do you treat, as the bone marrow mets gives you a low platelet count and as such you cannot have chemo with a low platelet, seems to be a catch 22. I would think there are people out there with bone marrow mets, what do they do???
A more logical way to increase platelet is to increase dietary protein, which would be needed to build most cells inadvertently affected by chemotherapy. This would help improve white blood cells and platelets. Ultimately, there are drugs that can be given to trigger the bone marrow to produce more platelets when the need arises.
i'm now booked in to see a haematologist and the probability of having a bone marrow biopsy as the breast cancer may have metastitised to my bone marrow thus reducing my platelets.. my question is, my tumour markers are only 290(which I think is still relatively low) so there isn't a real lot of cancer in my body. so why are my platelets so affected???
He is having a hard time getting his platelet count back up. He said they want it over 50 and his is around 37, and they are giving him platelets daily. Are they just being slow to rebuild on their own, or could it be something more? He's very frustrated...and still stunned. How do you go for what you thought was a UTI and end up in a cancer institute? He was supposed to start a new round of chemo this week, but not sure if they will do it if his platelets aren't coming up.
I have the blood disease Myelodysplasia, which in my case manifests itself by lowering my platelets and white blood cells. I am reluctant to undergo chemotherapy. Can anyone suggest a natural therapy that could slow the progression of this disease?
I have the blood disease Myelodysplasia, which in my case manifests itself by lowering my platelets and white blood cells. I am reluctant to undergo chemotherapy. Can anyone suggest a natural therapy that could slow the progression of this disease?
I have been going to the doctors for the past few weeks, and I every time I have a blood test my platelets are low (112,000, 99,000, 97,000). I went to the hematologist, and when he took my blood the platelets were fine..however when I went back to the doctors a few weeks ago my platelets were low again (97,000). The strange this is my periods are very irregular, I've had them for almost 4 years now and they havent settled down. This time is the longest I have been without a period (3 months).
Could my neupogen be causing the low platelets. after the last injection my anc went from 28o and to 710, and then from 710 to over 6000 after my fourth neup injection? Dear doctor, My mother is receiving chemotherapy for colon cancer, her doctor prescribed neupogen after each cycle because she had low WBC counts. She gets 3 shots in the 3 days after treatment and her counts reach about 12.000 .
I have cirrhosis and my platelets, red blood cells, and white blood cells are slightly low. My platelets run about 115, my white count runs between 3-4 and my red count bounes from low normal to just below normal. My hemoglobin is always normal. So, if you do not have cirrhosis it is usually something else causing the low counts. You haven't mentioned your exact counts. That might help. Also, what has your doctor said? This would have nothing to do with your genotype.
Literally everyone gets anemic (low RBC), and everyone sees a drop in white blood count and platelets. Your grandfather's platelets have dropped but they are still okay (not in any danger zone). http://labtestsonline.org/understanding/analytes/cbc/tab/test Low RBC caused by RBC destruction (e.g., hemolytic anemia, etc.
If you can't change doctors, then demand an answer for his refusal to do anything about the low platelets, and low RBCs. Unless the lab he uses, has a different range for what is normal, he should taking some kind of action. Let me know!!
we do not have a way to boost the platelets unlike blood transfusions and iron therapy for the red cells and neupogen or neulasta for white counts. The only time we do platelet transfusions is if there is active bleeding in the setting of a low platelet count or the count is below 10 thousand and we worry about spontaneous bleeding.
(this is a PDF file) - <a href="http://www.hcvadvocate.org/hepatitis/About_Hepatitis_pdf/1.1_Hepatits_C/Neutropenia.pdf">Neutropenia during combination therapy of interferon alfa and ribavirin for chronic hepatitis C</a> (from the paper): "<i>In conclusion, neutropenia is frequent during treatment of hepatitis C with interferon and ribavirin, but it is not commonly associated with infections.
this is the only thing I can find that mentions neupogen and low platelets, perhaps neup just doesn't effect platelets. "Dear doctor, My mother is receiving chemotherapy for colon cancer, her doctor prescribed neupogen after each cycle because she had low WBC counts. She gets 3 shots in the 3 days after treatment and her counts reach about 12.000 .but after two weeks when its time for the next cycle the counts fall again and they say that they have to delay it for another week.
Also in Rockerforlifes blood lab thread it mentions Platelets and reasons they can go high - dehydration is one reason and something about bone marrow stimulation for the second reason. But if you open his thread you can read exactly what they say about Platelets. Good luck.
had my thyroid removed - started thyroid meds - since last chemo for thymoma which started about 6 weeks after that, my red blood cells and platelets have not responded - have had several transfusions. the last time I had good red cell numbers were right after they took out my thyroid out and waited 5 weeks before iodine radiation. Has anyone heard of any reaction like this?
hw can we increase my blood platelets its count is only13000 can you pls suggest some home remedy to increase it...i woud be really thankful to u....
One of the side effects of gemcitabine (gemzar) treatment is myelosuppression. It can affect the white blood cell, platelets, and red blood cell. Colony stimulating factor like filgrastim and lenograstim can help raise the white blood cell count. Erythropoietin injection can help increase the hemoglobin level. Once the counts improve, chemotherapy can be restarted. Dose reduction can be done in cases of severe adverse effects. Good luck.
Chemotherapy effects faster growing cells in the body, for example, the white and red blood cells, and platelets. So the complete blood count (CBC)will give information about these cells, and that it is safe to proceed with the next dose of chemotherapy. The other blood work being evaluated usually is a combination of electrolytes (sodium, potassium, calcium etc), as well as your organ function (liver and kidneys).
To help patients complete antiviral therapy, the researchers found that eltrombopag effectively raises blood platelets in those with low platelet counts and cirrhosis of the liver due to Hepatitis C. Drug boosts platelets in hepatitis C patients www.eurekalert.org November 28, 2007 DURHAM, N.C.
I don't know if she's nearing the end --- I wouldn't think so if they are giving her platelets and blood transfusions. They will probably put her on some medicine for this chemotherapy (to enhance her platelet production). I think that the 30% chance of making it through means that she has a 30% chance of clearing the HCV from her body. It's a virus. The virus replicates and is harder to kill in people with genotype 1 (the most common kind out there).
As I said it did work and since then I have been more active and although my platelets still travel up and down they have never been that low since. It worked and continues to work for me. My platelets were 107 yesterday. To this day I still wonder about that Dr answering his own phone....hummmm...maybe a higher power at work here.... I choose to believe so. Hope this helps.
My son had an appointment 2 weeks ago and the Hematologist said that they may never know the exact reason for the low neutrophils and other abnormal blood work. She feels it is autoimmune and they can't always find out why. She is willing to do the bone marrow. My son will have it in a couple of weeks. She really feels it will not show anything but she is willing to do it because we are anxious about his blood levels.
I also take lots of vitamins and supplements...Looking back at my blood tests, during chemo the red would drop down pretty low and then would bounce back up till the next round.
My doctore immediatley sent me to get blood work done, some of my counts were a little low so she sent me to a hemotologest, where he ordered more blood work. My blood work came back 2 weeks ago saying that my platlet level dropped to 115 so he ordered more blood work this week. The results this week show my wbc count went down to 3.29 from 5.47, my platelets went up to 133, my neut abs is 1.77, and lymph dropped to 1.14...I have been feeling very weak and light headed and just not right.
it is these marrow cells that transform into various blood cells - RBCs, White blood cells and platelets. White cells are the ones meant for war against foreign body(enemy) But your previous posts say that you have started increasing blood counts.
Dear Joyce, There is a test for HIT so it should be fairly easy to answer that question. Most likely your low platelets are from the chemotherapy. It must be very hard waiting for your counts to come up.
I am not aware of any connection of food poisoning and nose bleeds. However, chemotherapy often results in the elements of the blood that help form clot (platelets) to be low. It could be that she is more predisposed to bleeding in general from her recent chemotherapy.
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