High White Blood Cells..Dangerous at what point?

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High White Blood Cells..Dangerous at what point?

by Yaziza on Sat May 15, 2010 03:48 AM

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My father has colon cancer stage 4.  He just got off of chemotherapy a few days ago and the Oncologist wanted to give him shots to raise his white blood cells.  Dad is taking essiac tea which normally keeps the wbc normal.  They were in the 7.0 range before chemo.  The oncologist started giving him the shots without first checking to see if they were even below normal or not.  He had 5 shots all together.  Today it was time for his last shot.  He was given a blood test this time and the WBC count was very high at 30.77  The nurse said his blood looks good and gave him the last shot to raise it even higher. Isn't it dangerous to be this high?  He seems more fatigued and under stress today then he normally is. Has anyone found any research on this.

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by muigi84 on Sat May 15, 2010 04:22 AM

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My mom had that shot after each cycle of chemo, and I believe that at the highest level, her WBC count was around 14. I encourage you to talk to your oncologist because it's a valid concern. Take care.

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by Yaziza on Sat May 15, 2010 05:10 AM

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Thank YOU....MY mom called a nurse that goes to our church, and dad said that if anyone knows she should because she is a nurse and worked with an oncologist for years....she didn't even know off hand what normal range was for WBC. She just said that the doctor had to approve the results of the blood test if it was something that looked abnormal then it would of been brought to the attention of the doctor.  Well if she is a nurse who worked for an oncologist and doesn't even know the normal range for the WBC count or what might be just a little too high for safety...then what makes her think that this nurse would know anymore then she does. Dad said the nurse looked at the test and said your blood work looks good.   Thank you for the information on your Mom. 

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