Jun 14, 2013 - 10:46 am
My husband is being treated for Stage 4a tonsil cancer (HPV - SCC) with 30 rounds of radiation and 3 rounds of Cisplatin (at the beginning, middle and end of the RAD treatments). He finished his last RAD on Wednesday 6/12 and was to have his 3rd round of Cisplatin on Tuesday 6/11 but lab report showed low white cell, red cell and other counts. Tested again yesterday and his counts were even lower. Is there a window of time during which he must receive the 3rd chemo infusion? I am hoping he improves over the weekend, but can't get an answer as to whether or not they will do blood work on Monday to see if is counts are high enough to allow them to do the 3rd round then. His chemo oncologist is away on vacation and we are being told that alot of patients miss the third round of chemo with little or no impact on the outcome. My husband doesn't want to give up. The third treatment is important to my husband. We feel that it must be important since it is in his treatment plan. I am concerned that there is no discussion about other options. I inquired about a "booster" shot to help his counts recover, but was told that since he had radiation they can't administer any "booster" due to heart/cardiac risks.
Is there a window of time during which he must receive the 3rd chemo infusion?
Has this happened to anyone here, and where you provided with any options?
Does it make since for me to ask if there are other chemo drugs that could be given instead of the Cisplatin, or other treatment options to address my husband's concern about not getting the 3rd infusion of Cisplatin?