Topic: Low platelet count, no chemo!
A quick review: I've been diagnosed with bile duct cancer, have had 10 radiation treatments (5 and 5, off weekends), and two Gemzar/Kytril/Decadroin treatments (one each week).
Today, when I went in for my blood work before chemo, I knew that I felt terrible, and my nausea wasn't being stopped by the pills that I was taking. I also was having some heavy, dark red rash, and a little bruising where there should have been none.
They told me that they couldn't give me chemo today because of a low platelet count. My platelet count had gone ;from 221 about four weeks ago to 60 today.
Here's the question. I don't really know what platelets are. Are there any suggestions as to how I can help to get the count back up?
How long will the overall extreme flue/fatigue feeling last? Will the fatigue ease now that I've finished radiation, or will I have to wait until I've completed chemo? Will the fatigue lessen as my platelet count goes up?
Quality of life is very important to me, and knowing how the chemo will effect me will influence my thoughts.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.