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Re: Concerned husband

Postby Veema » Tue Jan 30, 2018 6:31 pm

I don't know if I mentioned this earlier and it might be a load of tosh, but our chemo nurses recommended napolina plum tomatoes to boost neutrophils...only napolina though...my husband had these and his neutrophils were never too low...like I say, could be rubbish (maybe the nurse had shares in napolina or something), but might be worth a shot.


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Re: Concerned husband

Postby PCUK Nurse Jeni » Wed Jan 31, 2018 9:53 am

Hello Saxon,

Sorry to hear that your wife is now anaemic.

Again, this is not uncommon in chemo - and depending on how low her haemoglobin levels actually are, they might plan to give her a blood transfusion.

In the case of folfirinox, the chemo doesn't have to be withed before the transfusion - as long as she has it sometime within that window, and is not waiting too long for a transfusion, if that is what is recommended.

Kind regards,


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Re: Concerned husband

Postby Saxon » Thu Mar 08, 2018 12:10 pm


My wife is still going through her chemo - she had her 4th dose a week and a half ago, but is still struggling with anaemia - all I see of her in the evening is a pale shadow of herself lying asleep on the sofa with the TV on.

She has another chemo session early next week and they were speaking of a blood transfusion if things don't improve. I understand from a previous response that this is something that they can do easily enough, but I was wondering what the procedure involves - is it just squeezing some blood in at the same time as the chemo, or will be a separate visit for an hour or two on another day or a longer spell in hospital.

I'm supposed to be away for a few days and I need to have a plan in place for organising this in case she needs the transfusion (hopefully not).

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Re: Concerned husband

Postby PCUK Nurse Dianne » Fri Mar 09, 2018 12:28 pm

Good morning Saxon,
Thank you for your post and asking about the blood transfusion. Blood transfusions are usually given over a period of ~ 2 hours for one 'unit (bag of ~ 250-300mls) of blood' to be tranfused. It will depend on your wife's level of anaemia, as to how many units of bloods she may require. It might be worth you contacting the oncology centre where she has her chemotherapy and ask what the plan might be.

Oncology centres may differ in how they will give blood transfusions. Some may prefer not to give it the same day as the chemotherapy and may suggest coming back on another day. The blood transfusion cannot be given through the same intravenous access (so cannula or IV line) as the chemotherapy, so this might be another consideration.

If you speak to one of the nurses in the Chemotherapy Unit and explain that you will be away for a few days, they may be able to work around this for both you and your wife. Worth giving them a call and asking what their normal policy is.

I hope this is helpful.

Kind regards,

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Re: Concerned husband

Postby Saxon » Mon Mar 12, 2018 1:26 pm


Excellent advice thanks.

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Re: Concerned husband

Postby Justamo » Fri Mar 16, 2018 9:07 am

Hello Saxon.
How has Mrs Saxon been feeling this week ?
Best wishes