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Platelets was posted 02/27/2015 09:29 am by Anonymous
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There aren't a lot of things to do for platelets, unfortunately. There is a growth factor/injection that can in theory increase your platelets (N-Plate, I think?), but it is rarely used. I think it is very expensive, doesn't work fast or very well, and has some possible side effects. Our doctor never let us try it, no matter how hard we begged.

It is very frustrating dealing with the platelets..... we often had to wait for another week, or two, for them to recover before getting chemo, and decrease the chemo dose. The older you are and the more medicines you are on, the more likely your platelets will drop. And the longer you are on chemo, the more likely they will drop.

I'm sure the doctor warned you not to take anti-inflammatories (mild blood thinners), aspirin and do not take any supplements without talking to your doctor as many of them are mild blood thinners. If you are on coumadin or lovenox etc.. ask the doctor if you should hold a dose for a few days. Be vigilant if you notice any new pain or swelling or bruising anywhere to let your doctor know.

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