September 05, 2006

More Breast Cancer News

I have been waiting patiently for my next blood test which I had yesterday. I was hoping to have my next chemo tomorrow, but the hospital has just phoned to say its not possible as my neutrophil (white blood cells) count is too low. The problem with this is that it leaves you prone to infection from your own bugs. It is really frustrating as I am eating well. Juicing raw vergetables for the antioxidants; eating watercress and beetroot and carrots, not sure if there is a flag of this colour, but I would be a sure fire match for it. Physically I feel great, but it is not safe to move on to the next chemo dose until the levels are right.
My concern is that it will mean that the chemotherapy will be less effective as it is being done over a longer time. Alternatively, the dose may have to be reduced which again reduces the effectiveness. I have found that it is possible to give growth factor drugs to help, but I will have to talk to my oncologist about it. So it is off to the hospital again for yet another blood test tomorrow.
I do find it difficult to take each day as it comes, but it is something I will have to learn to do!

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  1. sabrea

    Dear Maggi,

    Just want to wish you good luck, keep eating well. During my chemo I ate a lot of blueberries and strawberries. I also took vitamin C 1000 Esther+ selenium and zinc. I felt dreadful but I Just kept going and I was lucky to have so much support from family and friends + colleagues at work. You’ll get there in the end.
    Talk to your oncologist or your nurse about your concerns.

    Best wishes

    05 Oct 2006, 19:41

  2. dimis

    There are various types of chemotherapy treatments and each are relevant to different conditions. One such kind of treatment is the adjuvant chemotherapy.
    Following the surgical procedure of removing tumors that are cancerous, the adjuvant treatment approach is essentially whichever kind of chemotherapy applied assuming there is no left-behind malignant cells. At this point preventive medicine is practiced by means of a sequence of treatments. The objective here is to help ensure no reappearance of the cancer growth. Using this method not only aids in preventing a recurrence during post-surgery, but definitely gives the patient a bit of a relief.

    23 Nov 2007, 11:37

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