Sep 18, 2011 - 6:21 pm
Did any of you experience, after six rounds of taxol/carbo and radiation treatments, serious drops in your blood counts?
If so, did they eventually rise again? And did you need to take iron in order to recover?
It's ironic that I got through all the treatment with very few side effects. Was fine through first three rounds of chemo and 25 pelvic radiation sessions.
Then chemo #5 had to be twice postponed because of low platelets. Counts came up a bit for chemo #6 because my onc lowered the carboplatin just a bit.
But now that my treatment is over (for a year or two, I hope!), I'm feeling exhaustion for the first time.
My white counts are OK thanks to astragalus.
But despite two tranfusions in the past month, hemo (at worst, 7.3) is down to 8.4. And platelets, down to 24 last week, have "rebounded," the nurse joked, to 36 this week.
It's the hemoglobin that concerns me, for I am exhausted for the first time. (The end of my treatment has coincided with my return two weeks ago to full-time work. By 1:00 each day I am beyond wiped out!)
Did any of you have to contend with low hemoglobin or platelets at end of treatment?
And if so, did they rebound gradually--or did you have to take iron? (Am a bit afraid of iron as many books depict it as a mineral that cancer thrives on! But DID feel more energy after a large forbidden pork chop last night!