Sounds like you’ve had a difficult time following your first chemo session.
EC chemotherapy can temporarily effect the number of healthy blood cells in the body. Not having enough white blood cells can increase the risk of getting an infection. Usually, the blood count is lowest around seven to fourteen days after chemotherapy and then increases steadily, often returning to normal before your next cycle of chemotherapy. If as in your case the cell count has not recovered, the next treatment will be delayed.
Filgrastim is one of the G-CSF injections that can be given with chemotherapy to encourage your bone marrow to make white blood cells. These injections are not used routinely by all oncologists but may be used more selectively for patients whose white blood counts recover more slowly.
We cannot say if the filgrastim would have enabled your blood counts to recover more quickly but as MLT21 has suggested it would be a good idea to discuss this further with your oncologist.
Talking to someone who has had a similar experience can be helpful and our Someone Like Me service can match you with a trained volunteer who’s had a similar experience to you. They’ll be a phone call or email away to answer your questions, offer support or simply listen.
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