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Buzzard
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Went in for my 4th post op treatment, 5fu,leuc,oxil, and my white blood cell count was down to 1.4 so a shot of Nulasta and will get another Tuesday and another Wednesday then start the chemo regimen again. I hope this doesn't prolong my treatments but if it does it does. They want to really boost my white blood count. Haven't had any issues with it so far so I guess im lucky in a funny sort of way.......that means I get to be nauseous over the weekend , booooo, but the Rofran will help some and..... ok pity party is over....LOL back to business....Thanks for listenin' and like Motel 6 "We'll leave tha light on for ya" :-)

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msccolon
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I am sure your white cells will be back up in no time! With your getting 3 shots, sure it's not Neupogen instead of Neulasta? I THINK Neupogen is the one that is 3 shots in succession, while Neulasta is a single shot, but you aren't supposed to get chemo for 10 days, so i was always given Neupogen if we were finding a low count on my week off, sent home with Neulasta when i get low white counts with 2 successive treatments. Either one seems to work just as well, it's just nicer to only have one shot instead of 3 :).
Mary

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Buzzard
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Yes Neupogen instead of Neulasta, sorry I have had 1 shot of Neulasta before...I am assuming that where this headache is coming from that won't go away.....They are starting my chemo back Thursday......

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keepnthefaith
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I have to take either 3 or 4 Neupogen injections after each FOLFOX treatment due to my WBCs going too low. They won't come up without the injections - we tried that once, it just delayed the next treatment. One thing I can count on with the injections is achiness in my chest, ribs (front and back) and headache, but luckily Advil or Tylenol takes care of that. Hang in there.
Felicia

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msccolon
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Yes, headache for me as well and some bone pain. Probably the worst was having to miss some social gatherings at church...
Mary

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KathiM
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Both are the same drug, different delivery....

I had Neupogen, comprised of 4 shots, one per day, for my rectal cancer. Only side effect seemed to be 2 sore arms (given alternating arms...lol).

Neulasta, comprised of one shot, for my breast cancer. Side effect was flu-like symptoms, for about 24 hours after shot given. This is a time-released shot, that peaks at about day 10 for white cell count...

Both worked well....I only delayed 1 week on chemo on the rectal (first time), none on the breast.

Hugs, Kathi

taraHK
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I had those shots for my white blood count as well. I gave myself the shots at home (in my thigh) -- so that I didn't have to go back to the hospital each day. (I wouldn't say I have hospital phobia but I do try to avoid the place whenever possible!). Have to say the first time I gave myself a shot at home was one of the low points of my "journey" (things you wish you didn't know how to do) but I got used to it.....

Anyway - -that's an aside. what I wanted to say was that (1) the shots worked great for me. Also, (2) I did have to have chemo delayed a few times (before i started the shots). Although that can be discouraging (or at least a mixed blessing!), my oncologist assured me that a delay of even 2-3 weeks does not affect the effectiveness of the treatment.

So: I hope you don't have any delay but if you do -- enjoy! And, I trust those shots will do the trick. In the meantime, I am sure you are eating well, resting lots and all those other things which we hope help boost our WBC and overall immunity (yoga?!?)

Best,
Tara

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Kanort
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Hi Buzz,

I can still remember that feeling of disappointment when hearing that my chemo was being postponed. It happened to me a bunch of times, but I was able to complete all 12 Folfox. I hope the nausea will be minimal and that you can enjoy your weekend.

Hugs,

Kay

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Buzzard
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I went back this morning for my 2nd shot and after that they informed me that I was going to start my chemo back again Wednesday (tomorrow)....cool..not much of a delay but im ready to get er done...Yeah I'll have a nauseous weekend but thats perfectly fine with me, I always consider the alternative I have...Makes the chemo seem like vacation. They line up to give me my shots at my Oncs office cause I told em that whoever gave me the best shot gets a $100 Christmas Gift Certificate to the Mall...I have a good time in the office with them all and it shows on the other patients also, I aggravate everyone in there (with a smile of course)...needless to say my shots have never hurt..LOL...I only have a slight headache with the Neupagen and have had a shot of it before and the same effect slight headache (no sore bones) and it really upped my WBC quickly.
I am to sing in our Church Christmas Cantata, I also am to sing the first solo in the Cantata, I am arranging my chemo treatments to be sure that I have not had a treatment that week because it causes a lot of congestion and clearing of the throat...not good for a solo. I have never sung a solo so this will be a first for me but have always wanted to. We will see...anyway, Life is good and hugs to ya all and if I don't talk to ya til after the weekend have a great one......God Bless ya all.............. :-)

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