I'm on my third recurrence, and things are going well. I've never had to postpone my chemo for low blood counts, even with Gemzar/Carbo/Avastin, and never had a shot or more blood. I read about all the problems women have with blood counts, and I'll just tell you my experience, and you can take from it what works for you. I work with an oncology nutritionist, Dr. Jeanne Wallace. What she has recommended has worked for me and for my friend, who also has never had to postpone chemo. In fact, what we do, they have started doing in the labs where we have chemo. Here it is, and there are scientific studies, if anyone wants to email me and get them.
I am looking right at my LabCorp results, where all my blood work has been done, as I type this.
I did one round of carbo/Gemzar/Avastin, and my CA-125 dropped to 12.9, so we dropped the carbo. My blood counts dropped way down, and I called Jeanne Wallace (I generally talk to Michelle, a naturopath with many years of experience), and we raised some supplements, and here are the results right from the page.
4/6 white blood count 1.9
4/12 white blood count 5.4
4/6 platelets 116,000
4/12 platelets 307,000
4/6 absolute neutrophil count .4 (critical)
4/12 absolute neutrophil count 2.9
Those are the main ones we look at. In the round before this one, here's what happened.
3/8 platelets 83,000
3/15 platelets 84,000
3/16 platelets 160,000
3/21 platelets 417,000
3/23 platelets 463,000
3/21 absolute neutrophil counts .4 critical
3/24 absolute neutrophil counts 2.0
3/29 absolute neutrophil counts 2.5
3/21 white blood count 1.3 alert
3/23 white blood count 1.9
3/24 white blood count 3.7
Here's what she recommends: for WBC-astragalus. I take 3 capsules three times a day with meals. Esberitox-3-4 chewable tablets 2-4X a day. For RBC and Hemoglobin-Chlorella 2 caps (not liquid) a.m.; Whey (no sugar) Whey Cool-2 scoops in a.m.. For platelets- tahini butter (which I can't stand, but it's okay to take organic sesame seeds)2 tbsp. a day; shark liver oil varies according to how low they are but it's extremely effective. I take 2 capsules with meals 3X. If they're really, really low, I take 3 each time, but back off when they rise.
That's my regimen, and it works beautifully for me. It may not be for everyone, and that's fine. But when doctors say that nothing can be done for platelets, my friend and I both would disagree. If this looks promising to you, I would recommend Jeanne Wallace to anyone, and I get nothing for recommending her. Dr. Servan-Schreiber, who wrote Anti Cancer a New Way of Life, has gone to her since 2001, and credits her with his good health (p. 210 in his book). She's wonderful!