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Chemotherapy question

My dad is getting chemo and radiation. Today is the start of his 5th week of treatments. He gets radiation M-F every week, and the plan was to get chemo every Monday. He received his 2 chemo treatments, but has been on hold now due to his white blood cell (WBC) count.

I am looking for advice on whether or not he should even have any more chemo. Before my dad started his WBC was 6. After the first treatment it was 4. After the second treatment it was 0.7. Last Monday his WBC was 2 and his ANC was 1.5. The doctor was going to give him chemo but reduce the dose by 25% (which I didn't think was much).

I called the doctor and expressed my concern that based on how quickly his WBC counts dropped, that I was worried they would drop too much again (especially since the 1.5 ANC is right at the cutoff point and the 2.0 WBC is also close to borderline). And, of course, my dad is eating less than half of what he normally does and is not getting as many nutrients/vitamins to help build his blood counts, etc. back up quickly.

The doctor said he was comfortable with holding chemo for another week and then testing his blood again today. I'm wondering what blood numbers are actually safe for him to get another dose, and also, how much that dose should be reduced by. Let's say by some miracle his WBC count is back up to 4, would it make sense to only give him a 50% dose of chemo seeing that in one week it had dropped 3.3? I'm no doctor, but I also don't trust doctors. Especially the ones here.

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I also forgot to mention that my dad is 79, has diabetes, kidney issues and other general old age health stuff.

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I don't have any chemo advice. I just wanted to say I am sorry your dad is sick. Wishing you all peace. 💗


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I don't have any chemo advice. I just wanted to say I am sorry your dad is sick. Wishing you all peace. ��


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When FIL was getting chemo they gave him a couple of blood transfusions. The doctor also perscribed injections of Epotrex to alleviate the low blood levels.

I hope your Dad makes a full recovery.

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Well, his white blood cell count actually went down a little, so he is completely done with chemo. I'm glad. Hopefully his counts start making there way back up.

Punk, we're both doing good. The end is in sight now. He only has 7 more radiation treatments and he's done. I'm trying to be realistic about the fact that these treatments may not cure it, just prolong things, but our main goal was to shrink the tumor so he didn't have anymore internal bleeding. Hopefully that's the case.
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I have no advice, but I remember helping my Dad through his chemo and radiation. I wanted to send some strength, peace and Click here to enlarge for you, I hope your Dad makes a fast recovery.
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What kind of cancer does he have? Can the radiation help hold it at bay?

My dad is 78 was just dx with early stage lung cancer and they are planning to do surgery and radiation but not chemo. I worry that the radiation alone will wipe him out
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What kind of cancer does he have? Can the radiation help hold it at bay?

My dad is 78 was just dx with early stage lung cancer and they are planning to do surgery and radiation but not chemo. I worry that the radiation alone will wipe him out
I mentioned somewhere that we don't have a definitive diagnosis of cancer because all the biopsies only showed pre-cancer, but the PET scan showed cancer, so it's "probably" cancer. He has a tumor at the junction of his esophagus and stomach.

At 79, he has handled the chemo and radiation fairly well, although he only had 2 chemo treatments. He has lost 20 pounds so far due to no appetite, but he was overweight so the weightloss isn't a bad thing at this point.

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