Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: 253 1/8 Elm St.
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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