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Neutropenia Due to Cancer Treatment
Many types of cancer treatment can affect production of blood cells within the bone marrow. Neutropenia
refers to a deficiency of neutrophils, which are a type of white blood
cell. Leukopenia refers to a general deficiency of white blood cells.
These cells are important for fighting infections. For some patients
receiving chemotherapy, neutrophils may become extremely low, leading to
increased risk of serious infections from common bacteria, viruses, or
Our clinic offers specialized treatments for neutropenia, leukopenia, anemia
, and other side-effects of chemotherapy
By reducing the side-effects of chemotherapy, our treatments have
helped patients to stay healthy enough to complete the schedule of
chemotherapy which has been recommended by their oncologist.
number of both red and white blood cells often declines significantly
within hours or days after infusion of chemotherapy. After several weeks
or in some cases several months, the number usually returns toward
normal. Hospital oncology clinics perform blood tests (called a complete
blood count) prior to each round of chemotherapy. These blood tests are
used to determine the patient's levels of white blood cells and other
components of the blood, such as red blood cells
If these levels are too low, the next round of chemotherapy may need to
be postponed in order to allow the body to recover. This situation is
undesirable because it means that cancer treatment cannot proceed on the
schedule which the oncologist believed would be most helpful. In
recommending a treatment plan, a skilled oncologist will have considered
the research evidence relating to your case, additional health
conditions you may have, your personal preferences, and his or her
previous clinical experience in treating people with similar conditions.
is present if the neutrophil count is below 1500 cells/µL. Aside from
chemotherapy, there are also other causes of neutropenia and leukopenia.
In order to provide effective treatment, our clinic will ask for your
full medical history. We will also request to have these numbers from
your blood tests forwarded to us from your oncology clinic, if
|Less Than .65x109/L
It is very important that patients
discuss all supplements with their healthcare providers. Some common
supplements, such as chromium, may cause kidney
problems if the dosage is excessive or taken in combination with medications. Our clinic can help to identify safe options for nutritional support
Maryland Holistics provides natural treatments for neutropenia which are effective and generally have no side-effects.
Medications other than chemotherapy for cancer treatment can cause or
contribute to neutropenia. These include some antibiotics, thiazides
(used for blood pressure), benzodiazepines (some anti-anxiety
medications), and indomethicin (often used for treatment of gout). A
high level of alcohol
consumption can also lower the white blood cell count. Some bone marrow
abnormalities and genetic conditions may also cause neutropenia. Any
concurrent infection may worsen the condition.
Our treatments help the body to use its own metabolic energy more
efficiently, improving post-chemotherapy recovery and allowing the level
of blood cells to return toward normal. During chemotherapy, patients
often have a low level of white blood cells. Our treatments will not
prevent this situation entirely, but can help patients to avoid many
serious complications arising from severely low levels of leukocytes.
options exist for treatment of neutropenia. These are under the
trade-name of Neulasta and Neupogen. These drugs are effective and may
be necessary sometimes, but they are associated with serious and
sometimes fatal side-effects, including spleen rupture, acute
respiratory distress syndrome, sickle cell crisis, and allergic
What Patients Experience at Our Clinic
In the hands of a skilled and experienced practitioner, acupuncture
and nutritional support can safely increase blood cell counts during
chemotherapy. Our treatments are effective and they are also extremely
gentle on the body. Generally there are no side-effects, other than that
the patient is often feeling more well-rested the next day.
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offer a range of natural health services and can provide these in a way
that is fully integrated, designed, and fine-tuned for you to receive
the maximum benefit. We can provide treatment for multiple health
concerns at each appointment. If you wish to speak to Dr. Windsor
to scheduling an appointment, please contact us for a free 5-minute
"Whenever the lab test information is available, I will review this
information in order to provide safe and effective care for patients in
chemotherapy. In addition to asking about symptoms, I also watch for
certain changes in the platelets and the white blood cells. These can
sometimes improve in response to acupuncture treatment. Although it is
not common, sometimes it is necessary to reschedule the acupuncture
treatment to promote safety. Monitoring the blood lab reports helps me
to know when this is appropriate."
Dr. Eric Windsor, D.Ac.