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well - had my first blood draw this morning after my first round of taxotere last Monday (1/5).

Oncologist office just called my wbc is down to .6 (yes, thats point 6 ). It is critically low. It was 8.4 last monday (well within normal range at that time). They told me to give my self neupogen shots for 5-6 consecutive days. I already have administered todays dose.

I went low on cisplatin as well (1.1 was the lowest) but never this low. I have in the past two rounds bounced back quickly, but I am wondering if I am alone in terms of dipping this low? Also, Neupogen after just two days last time brought me OVER the high end of the normal range.

Anyone know why my wbc's seem to go so low ?(the other counts (RBC, HGB...) do not dive nearly as much)Obviously, i am staying inside and avoiding contact with others......

Thanks.. Joe

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Hopefully the shots will get it climbing back up. Be very careful, John's went down low like that and he ended up in the hospital with pneumonia. There is just too much stuff going around right now, stay in like you are and be careful. You are real prone to infection right now.

All the best, Joe, hang in there. I'm close if you need anything just call.


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Hi Joe,

My first two chemo treatments dropped my platelets very very low to the point I had to get two transfusions. They also adjusted the chemo after that and had no problem. No problem with white or red blood cells. Can’t answer why that low. I’m sure someone else will. Below is a good site to hit for information on Hematologic (Blood) Effects. Hang in there you are a strong young man. You’ll rebound. Hope this helps. Peace, take care and God Bless.

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My mom went down to 1.8 and they said that was nothing, they have seen many many people near 0. Keep giving yourself those shots and be ready for the next round. Good luck!

By the way, have you gotten a pneumonia shot? My mom got one right at diagnosis

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You're young and strong and otherwise in good shape.

You might want to find some of the surgical masks ( the cloth ones, not the shaped ones) to wear, especially around the kids if they start to sneeze... fortunately middle schoolers are better about hygiene than elementary school kids.

I hope the neupogen does the trick. I had low red cells, whole different story.

It's nice that you live near Rochelle.

Good luck with the rest of your chemo.

God bless,


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Dear Joe,

My mom's white blood cell counts dropped very low (I think her lowest was .7) and her platelet count dropped very low as well (needed transfusions) when she was taking Taxotere. She took the Neuproen shots and it helped to bring her counts back up. Just a warning that the shots draw from your bone marrow, so sometimes can cause bone pain. This only happened with my mom's first shot.

Keep inside surrounded by your loving family until your counts go up. All my best to you.

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The lowest I got was .4 and then they put me in the hospital in reverse isolation for 3 days with transfusions. Felt better by the second day but they wanted to be sure I hadn't "picked up" anything. After that I could always tell when my count was low so I would call and get a shot or a transfusion if needed.

Hang in there cause it does get better!

God Bless,


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Hang in there guy. Just stay away from people for now. Carry antibacterial gel with you. Wear a mask if you do go out! I never had a problem with the white blood cell count, just the RBC. I am impressed also that you had an appetite during chem! Good for you, you need your strength! The steriods made me restless with absolutely no appetite, I lost about 15 pounds. However, the weight loss could have been caused from the radiation too. It will be up in no time!


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good news... my wbc's are back up to 8.1 (from .6 last week).

Still a smidge low on RBC's HGB, and platlets.

I didnt have any problems with infections... just felt a little tired for a few days....

I will get hit with Taxotere again next Monday --- and then that will leave just one treatment left (2/16/04)....

thank you for the support, prayers and kind words... Joe

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