1 (edited by Rain Tue, 14 May 2013 23:09:35)

Topic: Increased platelet count!

Hi all,

My dad just finished the 2nd cycle of chemptherpay today.

Strangely his platelets went up again to 467! (had not given papaya extract and this just proves that alot of things are not related).  The Oncologist didnt seem concerned and said that chemotherapy can cause this.

I have read some artciles about GEM causing a rebound thrombocytosis (increased platelet count).

http://meeting.ascopubs.org/cgi/content … suppl/6091

http://www.karger.de/Article/FullText/337235

Next week is his CT scan - am praying for some good news.


Has anyone had this effect with chemotherapy (escpecially GEM) on this board?

Thks
Rain

Re: Increased platelet count!

Hi Rain,

Thanks for that and for letting us know about your dad. Will be keeping everything crossed for your dad for next week and I hope that you have some good news to share with us all!

Best wishes to you and your dad,

Gavin

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Re: Increased platelet count!

Rain....Adenocarcinomas of the pancreas and lung are associated with tendency to form blood clots (hypercoagulability)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trousseau_ … malignancy
Hugs,
Marion

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Re: Increased platelet count!

Hello,

I had 6 months of Gemzar and my platelet count was always very high.  Now I haven't had chemo in 3 years and my platelet count is still above the normal index. I did see a hemotological oncologist and she said that I was fine.

My guess is that that is my "normal" and it was that way before chemo and after, so I can't say that chemo caused a rise in it.

Hope your Dad is doing well.

-Randi-

Survivor of cholangiocarcinoma (2009), thyroid cancer (1999), and breast cancer (1994).

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