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Unread 01-20-2003, 02:14 PM
Low Blood Counts

Returned from my CT abd & pelvis. The radiologist said it looked good so far he will study it and write a report to my onc. (I always have the radiologist spot read tests for me while I am there-makes me less anxious).

My blood work is another story. I have increased shortness of breath and fatigue. My HGB is 9.5. So I started on Procrit today. Hopefully, I won't need this long. My last chemo is next Mon.

Also my neutraphil count is 460. So I am confined to the house again until next week. Last cycle, my neutraphil count was 300 and bounced back to 2100 by the time of the next chemo.

My onc nurse said the last cycles of chemo can be the hardest on your blood especially your bone marrow. So I guess my chemo is letting me know who is boss.

So I am sitting at home letting my bone marrow produce nice healthy cells. I just wish it would speed up.

Thanks everyone for your support.

Ruth S
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Unread 01-20-2003, 02:34 PM
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s Ruth

What is the trick you use to get the radiologist to give you a quick reading after your CAT scans? Lucky you. All I ever see is the tech who does them.
I'm sure it does relieve your mind a bit as you wait for the official results.
I guess your shortness of breath is due to that hemoglobin hovering in the 9 area?
My last chemo treatment was also preceded by my very worst lab values. As a matter of fact I traveled about an hour to a cancer center for my chemo. Before my last treatment they advised me to get the blood checked locally before I made the trip to the hospital for the chemo. And miraculously my blood had rebounded and that last treatment was right on time.
Hopefully the same will happen for you.
You'll be blow drying your hair again before you know it.
I'm saying a prayer and keeping my fingers crossed that you get to finish up next Monday. In the meantime, watch out for those germs.

Unread 01-20-2003, 02:34 PM
CT Scan, Neutrophils and Hemoglobin

That CT scan sounds VERY encouraging. I'd be really happy with that. The lowest my neutrophils ever went was 800 and that was after #6 taxol/carbo. Had a sinus infection. Antibiotics took care of it. My hemoglobin was 9.9 at Day 8--I think it drops a bit more but I was able to tackle a whole mall today and a larger one yesterday--usually as long as I don't drop below 9 I am OK.
One big word of encouragement for you--my last chemo of taxol/carbo (now just carbo for cycle w) was 9/6/01 and on 12/3/02 when I was in the ER for a suspected heart problem (which runs in the family at just this age) all my counts were nicely up into the normal range. Hopefully, you will recover counts just as fast. I do blood transfusions, not Procrit. Ellen
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Unread 01-20-2003, 06:44 PM
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I get my CT exams done at our community hospital. I worked at that hospital for over 25 years. The radiologist provide a professional courtesy to all the nurses. They always look at our mammograms while we are there, too. A benefit of a smaller hospital.

Thanks for the thoughts.

Ruth S

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