Yes, I'm having another week's delay and feeling frustrated and impatient. Now my platelets are fine but my neutrophils (white blood cells) have dropped again. I can't go ahead with chemo until my body has recovered from that single nasty blast of drugs 3 weeks' ago.
The initial dose is calculated according to height, weight and renal function, but it is a bit approximate. There is commonly an adjustment after seeing the individual response shown in the blood results. In my case it seems the mixture was too strong for me and we will proceed with 80% dose from now on. The good thing is that the powerful toxins must have hit the tumours just as hard as my good cells. My doctor is reassuring me that I will recover, and I will be back in the program soon – hopefully next week.
They say there is nothing I can do to help this process – no special foods, supplements, exercises or medicine. For ovarian cancer the goal is to find the suitable dose, even if it means waiting for recovery. There is no evidence for improved outcome after giving higher doses of chemo with immune-booster injections as they do for breast cancer.
Meanwhile now my hair is starting to fall out. Crikey! I was told to expect some “thinning” but at this rate I'm wondering if this is just a euphamism and, like Homer, I'll end up very proud of my 3 remaining hairs.