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How To Increase White Blood Cell Count During Chemo
Neulasta (pegfilgrastim): There is little in terms of diet that is helpful, and the same for other life style change. The drug Neulasta (pegfilgrastim) stimulates the production of wbc's and is used to shorten the decrease in cells. The parent of this drug is neupogen, but must be given for several days in a row. The Neulasta (pegfilgrastim) is given the day after chemo only. In some cases after prolonged treatment a break might be needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can someone very skinny (borderline to anorexic) and with a low white blood cell count undergo (possibly agressive) chemotherapy procedure?
What does low white blood cell count mean? 60 y/o female. Finished chemo & radiation for stage 3 bc one year ago.
Effect on marrow: One of the problems of chemo is that it not only destroys the dna of the tumor cell but of the cells in the marrow reducing the wbc. This is exaggerated following rt. When the WBC gets too low drugs like gcs must be used to bring the count up over 4000, the normal being around 7000 -8000. ...Read more
Don't treat numbers: If one or more of your absolute counts (neutrophils or lymphcytes; i've never cared about monocytes) is a wee bit low, just follow it. If it is way low, you may be seriously sick and in that case need something stronger than homeopathy. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: If the count is low it is the cause of low blood count that needs to be treated. It may be as simple as giving some vitamins or as radical as bone marrow transplant. Infections and some drugs and tumors can cause abnormal increase in white cell count. Treatment may be antibiotics, chemotherapy or no treatment may be needed. ...Read more
White blood cell count was 16000 during routine checkup a few weeks ago. Went back in per Dr request 4 days ago, and it was 22000. No illness. Why?
Blood disorder?: This may indicate a possible blood disorder. Please follow-up with your Dr. right away. ...Read more
I have an increase in white blood cell count to 10.8, immature granulocyte increase to 0.7%, IG absolute at 0.1%, and sed rate of 26. Interpretation?
Infection: A elevated white blood count with a slighlty elevated ESR would suggest infection/inflamation. Imature granulocytes can be seen during an inflamatory process (urinary tract infeciton, pneumonia, cellultiis etc..) Once the inflamation clears the test can be repeated and should return to normal. Myeloproliferative disorders can cause the same picture, but would not be expected to disappear ...Read more
Leukopenia: A low white cell count can be caused by many things. Some people have low white cells due to a medication they are taking. Others are born with it. Others develop it because of dangerous conditions such as leukemia, viral infection, or autoimmune disease. Please consult with a hematologist to determine what form of leukopenia you have so that an appropriate treatment can be given (if necessary). ...Read more
Depends: What is your white blood cell count? Why do want to raise it? Which of the WBC type do you wish to raise? Do not take any medications that are not prescribed by your doctor. ...Read more
Infection: Bacterial infection is a common cause of rapid rise in white blood cells. Leukemias can to that too. ...Read more
Yes, fever and WBC: Elevation often go hand in hand in the context of infection and/or inflammation. Both are features of an "inhospitable environment" for the infecting agent. In that sense, fever is not all bad, it can just make you feel bad. Antipyretics like Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen can improve symptoms and help you ride out the problem, but if you are concerned about your status, get in touch with your dr. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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