My daughter is having ongoing problems with getting regular chemo due to repeated lowering of white blood cells (Neutrophils)
She can manage two or, if she is lucky, three cycles, then has to be paused for one, two or even three weeks. This has happened with Carboplatin and Paclitaxel, EC, Carboplatin-Taxol and most recently Capecitabine. Strength of chemo has also been progressively reduced to 65%. She now also has Filgrastin injections which do help.
I have three main questions.
Is there a suitable type of chemo that is delivered at three-weekly intervals, giving her neutrophils a better chance to improve between doses and sustain regular treatment? I watched a programme about Sarah Beeney's cancer treatment, her chemo was every three weeks.
Would a Haematologist be able to advise how to help improve her neutrophils?
Is it possible to have a transfusion of neutrophils, similar to transfusions for anaemia?
Finally, would going privately for another diagnosis and treatment be helpful?