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justD said...

over 5 years ago

WBC regularly too low

Hi,

My mom has breast cancer and has been receiving chemo for the last 3 months or so. They're meant to make a decision this month whether the chemo is enough or whether she'll need to have her breast removed.

Unfortunately her White Blood Count is regularly too low and as a result she has had to delay the chemo a number of times - today the same story. I've asked her why she's not getting any treatment to bring her WBC up, but her doctor keeps telling her just to stay at home and wait another week for chemo.

Can someone tell me more about white blood cell booster (CSF) drugs or what should be done in this case? Is the chemo less likely to succeed if there are regular delays of a week like these?

Long story following, but there is a point to it. My mom has dedicated her life to helping underpriviledged kids in South Africa. She's got at least one building named after her, she's won numerous woman of the year awards throughout her life, she used to be the acting national director of Child Welfare South Africa and she even sat at Nelson Mandela's table at charity functions years ago. So when she retired, she started a charity of 4 foster homes for kids affected by HIV/AIDS in a poor community in our home town. When I urged her in 2009 to get medical aid, she said it's more important for the money to be spent helping improve the conditions for the kids, so she refused to get medical aid. I hate myself for not sending the money to her from here!! Unfortunately South Africa doesn't have much of a government sponsored health system like here in Australia where I now live, so if you get a serious condition like cancer without private medical aid, you've got problems. She's nou stuck with a government doctor who, as far as I can tell, doesn't particularly want to treat an old white woman. Point is, I'm not convinced that she's getting the best advice from her doctor.

Any advice would be appreciated. Is there any reason why CSF drugs may not be the right thing for her? What would determine that? How are they administered? My mom said something about her having to inject herself in the stomach multiple times per day and she couldn't see herself doing that. Is that true, is that how you administer CSF?

many thanks,

Dirk

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