Astragalus is an herb that works with ginseng to improve endurance and white blood cell counts
At the end of the fourth round of chemotherapy, I went back to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and for five days, peripheral stem cells were harvested by apheresis, (a procedure in which blood is withdrawn from a donor, a portion is separated and retained, and the remainder is retransfused into the donor) using granulocyte colony-stimulating factors to increase my white blood cell count
and stimulate production of stem cells.
The statement, drawn up with doctors treating the 75-year-old, said there had been a "general improvement" in his condition over the past 72 hours, including an improvement in his white blood cell count
His white blood cell count
had shot up dramatically, and doctors said they think his body was trying to fight off an infection on that very hot day in July when he passed out.
The most commonly reported and important side effect is a reversible decrease in the white blood cell count
(granulocytopenia), which can make a patient temporarily susceptible to infections.
Side effects were observed in the trial and included a lower white blood cell count
, nausea, hair loss, and inflammation in the mouth.
Cory was eventually admitted to the cancer center, where medication was given to lower his high white blood cell count
- leading to concerns that his organs could fail.
If your red blood cell count
(this is the usual screen for anemia many women have done annually) is on the low end of normal, it might show up as functional anemia, impairing running performance.
In some patients, laboratory findings are normal; in others, there might be an elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rate and C-reactive protein level and sometimes a high white blood cell count
In these people, irinotecan induces a sharp drop in white blood cell count
, a side effect that opens the door to infections.
As the company improves the red blood cell count
of those with anemia, Amgen's financial health remains fairly stable, West said.
According to a hematologist, my iron level was about 10, but my red blood cell count