"Chemo" timelines

December 18, 2010 at 6:44 pm

Emily’s mom gave us a link to an article by Dr. Lewis. He is considered by many to be an expert.

that thread is here-

follow that link to the article and then click on ‘Treatments and Medications.”

There you will find a comprehensive discussion on all treatment types including this on “[I]Cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan)

1-2 mg/kg/d PO or monthly pulse IV; dosing based on body size used; usually a 6-mo treatment period used; dose adjusted to reduce WBC count to 2000-3000/µL; reports describe high-dose ablative therapy (which reduces WBC counts to 0) having efficacy in patients with otherwise severe and refractory disease[/I]

Please note the adjusted dose and, therefore the timeline, is for a goal of reduced WBC (white blood cell count) of 2000-3000. Hence, the reason to regularly monitor your CBC (complete blood count).

As an aside, further note that the ablative therapy reduces your WBC count to zero. This may approximate what the Chemo for stem cell transplant does, without the ‘new’ stem cells.