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A 43-year-old female asked:

My sister is on chemotherapy (folfox for metastatic colon cancer). recent blood test shows high wbc (14, 000) and platelets (429). is this okay?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Sounds: Pretty good for chemotherapy !
Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology 27 years experience
No worries.: High WBC can be due to many causes: infection, stress, steroid use, dehydration, or the use of growth factor (such as neupogen). If there is no evidence of infection, then there is nothing to worry about. High platelet count is not uncommon since it is a body's reaction to stress of any cause (platelet is an acute phase reactant). Again, nothing to worry about. All the best, hk.

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