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Impact of chemo on platelet co was posted 01/14/2018 01:40 pm by John
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My platelet counts were low long before I knew that I had pancreatic cancer, and the first chemo treatment sent it down to 69K by the time for my 2nd treatment, so my doctor postponed the second treatment for a week, at which time it was 192K.

Have others experienced drops in platelet counts? Have your doctors prescribed any things to do or not do to try to boost these counts?

There appears to be strong evidence in the peer-reviewed literature that for people with low platelet counts and dengue fever, taking an extract from papaya leaves statistically and number-wise significantly increases platelet levels. However, my staff recommended against me taking this extract because of concern that the antioxidant levels in the papaya extract might interfere with the effects of the chemo. (I am on a very aggressive level of chemo treatment.)

I would like to hear of others experience.

Thanks so much,

John

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