Has anyone else here had this problem? My husband was due to begin his first chemo session on Feb 5th. He was about 8 weeks out from his surgery at that time. The plan was to do one round of chemo with xeloda daily and oxaliplatin IV every 3 weeks. Then, they were going to start radiation, then go back to chemo. At least, that was the original plan...
Well, he went in on what was supposed to be his first day of chemo and his white count was low-ish and the onc wanted to wait to see if would come up, since the chemo would lower it even more. They thought he may have had a viral infection, which can lower it (lots of crud going around lately) so they wanted to monitor it.
Long story short, it never came up and so the onc decided he needed to go ahead and start radiation along with xeloda at 1/4 the dose (just one pill a day right before rad instead of the 2 pills twice a day that he was originally supposed to take) He thought this would at least get some treatment going and a little bit of chemo in him. After his first week on the rad his white count went down even further to 3.2. I am worried about him not going to have a high enough white count to get chemo any time soon. He had 3 postive lymph nodes and he really needs that "mop up" chemo in him to try to ward off distant mets in liver or lungs.
Anyone else had a similar experience? Even if the situation is not exactly the same - has anyone had a delay in initiating their chemo and how long did you have to wait? What did the docs say about having to delay it and were there any risks involved?