Feb 23, 2011 - 5:19 pm
Does anyone have any idea how long it takes for your immune system to return to "normal" after chemo? My oncologist told me that "normal" is considered 4.1-11.0. Before I started chemo I was in the 6 range and then 2 months ago (3 months from the end of my chemo) I was at 2.6. He told me that I would probably never go back to where I was pre-chemo b/c the chemo causes some stem cell damage of your WBCs. He also told me it would take a while beofre it climbs back into the normal range. I just didn't think to ask how long that was. The reason I ask is because my father is recovering from pneumonia and I want to visit, but I am nervous with a compromised immune system that I could catch it. Any advice or knowledge is very much appreciated.
Oh! For what it is worth, I had 4 rounds of A/C one round of Taxol and one of Taxotere.