Nov 06, 2013 - 10:26 am
My husband was diagnosed with AOA III in September. He had surgery to remove an 8cm tumor on his rt. frontal lobe, followed by 6 weeks of RT and tmz. His last treatment is today (yay!). However, his platelets dropped dramatically, from 329k on 10/15, to 52k on 11/1, and 30k on 11/4. His NO wants to do a PET scan to determine if there is a cause for this, other than the effects of tmz. he will have another CBC on 11/8. If platelets are still lower NO recommends transfusion. My question is whether or not this precipitous drop in platelet levels has any correlation with overall survival. It's incredibly disheartening to hear that chemo cannot be continued, nor can any other surgery be performed unless platelet levels rise above 100K. I don't want to face it if this is the end of treatment, but if that is indeed the case, I want my husband's remaining time to be filled with doing things that being him joy, not attending daily hospital appointments.