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    My husband and I learned today that his white blood cell count is way low. The last time this happened, we had a scan done that found more cancer and led to more chemo. I know he thinks this is what is going to happen again. He alternates between dreading being sick again to determination to do whatever it takes to get healthy.

    Offhanded tonight, he said, "I don't think I can go through this again." I know it was just something he blurted out. I mean, I feel the same way, but if we have to, we have to.

    We have another scan on Tuesday. We decided this time to keep things quiet from our family until we know more. I am just at a loss thinking of what I'm supposed to do now. I thought this was over. I can't imagine losing him, but the fact that this is the third go-around leaves me wondering about so much....

    It's going to be a long weekend.

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    Originally posted by cr102
    ...but if we have to, we have to.
    That sums it up. I hope along with you that the scans will find nothing and that there's another explanation.
    Scott, [email protected]
    right inguinal orchiectomy 6/5/2003 > nonseminoma, stage I > surveillance > L-RPLND 6/24/2005 for recurrence, suspected teratoma but found seminoma, stage II > chylous ascites until 9/2005 > surveillance and "all clear" since


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    • #3
      Hopefully it will be something less menacing than a recurrance.....hang in there and please vent whatever you need to here.
      Retired moderator. Husband, left I/O 16Dec2005, stage I seminoma with elevated b-HCG, no LVI, RTx15 (25Gy). All clear ever since.

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      • #4
        I am currently fighting a recurrence, my first reaction when I found out, was I can't do this again. It is amazing however you find the strength from somewhere.

        I have found it, I am sure you husband will (if he needs to!!!).

        Lets hope there is another explanation for this.

        Dave

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        • #5
          Hi there,

          was reading all your posts, but you never mentioned the type of cancer he had. What Chemo's did he have?

          It would be helpful to know what cancer and when he had chemo last. Sorry for the questions, but just trying to understand why the low WBC's are causing you to think he has cancer again...Did he have anything like HDC , stem cell or Bone marrow transplant?

          low White blood cells are associated with Bone marrow supression- may be present with some virus's, toxic reactions, German measles, infectious hepatitis, among other diseases. So I guess the first thing question is did he have HDC/stem, or bone marrow treatment? Has he been tested for Hepatitis B or C ? Sorry for the questions, but wanted to see if we could help you find some information

          We will pray that he doesn't have cancer again. Nobody deserves it once, let alone twice. As you said though, if you have to deal with it again, you will.

          Nancy






























          Originally posted by cr102
          My husband and I learned today that his white blood cell count is way low. The last time this happened, we had a scan done that found more cancer and led to more chemo. I know he thinks this is what is going to happen again. He alternates between dreading being sick again to determination to do whatever it takes to get healthy.

          Offhanded tonight, he said, "I don't think I can go through this again." I know it was just something he blurted out. I mean, I feel the same way, but if we have to, we have to.

          We have another scan on Tuesday. We decided this time to keep things quiet from our family until we know more. I am just at a loss thinking of what I'm supposed to do now. I thought this was over. I can't imagine losing him, but the fact that this is the third go-around leaves me wondering about so much....

          It's going to be a long weekend.

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          • #6
            Praying that it's not cancer.

            God Bless

            Son Anthony DX 12/11/06
            L/O 12/20/06 Stage IIIA, 95% EC, 5% Yolk Sac
            4XEP 1/29-4/6/ 07
            AFP started increasing3 wks later
            Residual abdominal mass found on CT
            RPLND 6/8/07
            Cancer in pathology-
            80% mature teratoma, 20% Yolk Sac. --
            No adjuvent chemo and
            AFP normalised

            July 22, 2010 ---- 3 years all clear!

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            • #7
              Where we've been

              Originally posted by DennyD
              Hi there,

              was reading all your posts, but you never mentioned the type of cancer he had. What Chemo's did he have?
              He was first diagnosed about 2.5 years ago, had one testicle removed and I think had only two rounds of chemo. A short time later they discovered it had spread to lymph nodes near his spine. (The first sign was low white blood cell count.) Instead of surgery, they opted for more chemo, which ended in February, at which time he was declared cancer-free. He's been going for checkups regularly, and this is the first one that was abnormal. He has been very tired and sickly lately, but we don't know if that's because of possible cancer, or if he's been tired and sickly and it affected his results.

              We're hoping for the latter. But it doesn't feel good.

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              • #8
                My guess is that he has some type of infection. The reason I'm going with that is because of the irritation you mentioned on your other thread. It may answer two question at once.
                Son Jason diagnosed 4/30/04, stage III. Right I/O 4/30/04. Graduated College 5/13/04. 4XEP 6/7/04 - 8/13/04. Full open RPLND 10/13/04. All Clear since.

                Treated by Dr. Rakowski of Midland Park, NJ. Visited Sloan Kettering for protocol advice. RPLND done at Sloan Kettering.

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