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Unread 08-03-2004, 03:11 PM
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no chemo today. My platelets are in the tank and the immune system has gone too low as well. This is not uncommon with Gemzar, that two at a time is all you can get in before there are problems. I know that, but I feel bad because I was geared up to get the chemo. It looks as if I'lll have to have Neulasta (vs. Neupogen) which I definitely don't want. Next week isthe CA125 and the RN practitioner and maybe on the 17th I can start more Gemzar.
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Unread 08-03-2004, 03:29 PM
Seems like those rodents are everywhere!!!!

Are we going to have to call an exterminator?? LOL

I am so sorry, I guess that the mantra didn't work. I am going to start now and hopefully it will work. LOL

I do know that you was so hoping that your platlets weren't shot, but this is better. Get your shots, build up new platlets, and take the well needed rest, I am sure that those cancer cells are reeling as well and it will take them longer to catch up, so you will still be ahead of the game. I wish I had some magic pill that could boost up your platelets, but maybe some of the other gals might.

Take care and God Bless
Unread 08-03-2004, 03:48 PM
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Ellen -- I Hope you don't really need the exterminator...

If Gemzar has your body reeling for a bit, it must be doing a number on those nasty cancer cells, too. I think the name "GEMZAR" sounds pretty strong like it can take on anything. Hope you're feeling better soon and can take another bash at those cells.

I've been reading your posts and haven't replied until now, but I've been praying for you all the time! I hope you feeling all the support that we (your "sisters") are sending your way. You have been remarkable through all this. Your "steel" shows that you can make it through this next step.

Lots and lots of s
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Unread 08-03-2004, 04:59 PM
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I'm so sorry to hear of your disappointment today. That's a real bummer.......but like the others have said, the short delay is not going to make a difference, because that Gezmar stuff has scared those nasty cells into oblivion (sp) already !!!!!!!

Just wondering, did you have a bad experience with the Neulastin? I've only had one injection of it, which of course coincided with my chemo, so I didn't know if it was the injection or the chemo that made me feel so yucky. (Probably both)

Keep us posted on your progress.....i will be thinking of you....
Unread 08-03-2004, 06:14 PM
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(((Ellen))) I am sorry to learn about the delay. Please try to rest alot and eat well while your chemo is stopped which may help your platelet count move upward. As others are saying, the Gemzar must be pretty potent and while it is chasing those nasty cells it may be affecting your platelets too. The important thing is that it gets the bad cells out and I am sure your body will adjust and your platelet count will move upward. I am keeping you in thought and prayer.
s and blessings, peggiesue
Unread 08-03-2004, 06:17 PM
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s Ellen

Darn!! No immunosuppressed spiel for you dear friend. You know the routine!!
Hang in there!


PS: Any thoughts on the OCNA conference?
Unread 08-03-2004, 06:59 PM
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I am sorry you were disappointed and couldn't get chemo today. Hopefully the low counts mean the Gemzar is working very hard on the cancer cells. I hope this resting time gets your body geared up for the treatment on the 17th.
Unread 08-03-2004, 07:02 PM
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I don't know anything about chemo. I just wanted to say I'm thinking of you and sending a GREAT Big HUG!!!

Unread 08-03-2004, 07:46 PM
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Dear Ellen,
Sorry you did not get your chemo today! I hope you rest and get your immune system back up and kicking!! I pray you get great results next week with your number taking a dive down....Go Gemzar!!! Hopefully, you will be back on track soon!

Unread 08-03-2004, 08:23 PM
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Oh, Ellen, I'm so sorry to hear that things didn't go as you had hoped. But please don't fret about the Neulasta... You might remember that because I had both chemo and radiation at the same time, my doctor and I totally expected my counts would be all over the place. I was on the neulasta and procrit fairly early on, and girlfriend, those are miracle drugs! I never had to delay any of my chemos.

I did have some very mild bone pain about 10 days or so after getting the Nuelasta injection but really, that pain was very well managed by motrin.

Platelets, of course, are another story. There's not much that can be done other than to let the body recover.

So, chins up. Keep eating right so that those platelets bounce back and get yourself ready for the 17th!

God bless,

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