Jan 31, 2010 - 1:40 pm
Hello, I'm stage 3A and just finished my 3rd chemo treatment of taxol (Paclitaxel) / carboplatin, with 3 more to go.
My neutrophils and WBC are getting very low, borderline neutropenic, so I'm worried that the 4th, 5th, and 6th cycles will be delayed.
chemocare.com says that chemotherapy treatment is given in cycles.
Taxol/Paclitaxel is cell-cycle specific, so a delay in treatment means my odds of being cured go down, because the 3-week cycles were designed to take advantage of when taxol will be most effective.
What can I do to get my WBC & neutrophils up (i.e. exercise, diet) so I nail my 4th, 5th, & 6th appts exactly so the taxol will kill the most remaining cancer cells?
I started chemo 3 weeks after surgery when my WBC, neutrophils, etc were about half the level before surgery -- should I have waited up to 3 weeks to get the blood counts back up before starting chemo so I'd have gotten through more treatments before hitting neutropenia?