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feniks's picture
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My wife is on FOLFIRI-Erbitux and have leukopenia.She's weak,have fever,in the hospital.This is 19 round.Is it normal for leukopenia to be that hard.Any advice?

Annabelle41415's picture
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Sorry to hear that your wife is not doing well. If I'm correct, leukopenia is low white cells. I believe that most chemo will lead to this. I'm not sure what they can do with this. I'm hoping she feels better soon. I know my white counts are down too. I'll find out this morning if I'm able to take my scheduled chemo or not today.


nudgie's picture
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Joined: Sep 2006

I too thought it had to do with our WBC, so I googled it and it reads:

Leukopenia (also known as leukocytopenia, or leucopenia, from Greek λευκό-white and πενία-deficiency) is a decrease in the number of white blood cells (leukocytes) found in the blood, which places individuals at increased risk of infection.

Neutropenia is a sub-type of leukopenia that refers to a decrease in the number of circulating neutrophil granulocytes, the most abundant white blood cells. The terms leukopenia and neutropenia may occasionally be used interchangeably, as the neutrophil count is the most important indicator of infection risk

I received a shot of Neulasts when my WBC go too low which did help increase enough to receive chemo treatment the following week.

feniks's picture
Posts: 33
Joined: Mar 2009

Well,she's feel little better,at least don't have fever.She stay in the hospital until thursday,hopefully.

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