Topic: Have any of you experienced this?
My mom has encountered so many problems with her new round of chemo and so I'm turning to you guys for some advice. She had a first round of Xeloda for six weeks, Monday-Friday, and tolerated it very well. Her oncologist's nurse said she could discontinue Xeloda since her radiation therapy ended. Three weeks ago she started gemcitabine (once a week for three weeks, one off) and cisplatin once every 3 weeks.
She had the port put in on Monday and came in for gemcitabine and cisplatin today. Much to our surprise, her blood tests showed that her blood cell counts were too low to get her treatment. Instead, she will receive some shots tomorrow and the day after to boost her cell count. We're bummed (to say the least) but at the same time we're wondering if she should go back on Xeloda, which did reduce her CA-19 marker significantly. Before she started this new chemo, her doctor did say she could have stayed on Xeloda.
Have any of you heard of skipping a treatment for this reason? Did any of you take any alternative immune boosters during chemo? That's something else we've considered but there's just so much out there that claims to "work". And finally, her hair has just been falling out in clumps...although we're not worried about the whole vanity aspect, I was wondering whether after just two treatments if that was a little early to be losing so much hair?
Sorry for all the questions...just so much to think about.