So I am in my fifth week of radiation, you might think that means I have had five sessions of chemo since it is scheduled weekly but that isn't true. I had chemo week one, week two my absolute neutraphil counts (ANC) were too low at 1.1 so I wasn't able to get chemo, week three my ANC went up to 2.1 so I was able to get chemo, week four counts too low at 1.2, and week five counts too low at 1.46. I only need to get to 1.5 to be able to get chemo so hopefully on week six, next week, I get to have my final round of chemo.
The reason that my ANC has to be at least 1.5 is that if it is any lower I am at an increased risk of infection. The plan I am currently on is so based on radiation that it is okay if I miss chemo for a week. They are not tacking the chemo on the end, I am just missing the chemo sessions that I missed.
My concern is, no one is talking about what we do next if the radiation didn't completely eradicate the cancer. I am anxious to find out what the scans say. I will be meeting with the doctor on Friday to get results for the scan. Please send good thoughts about my scans!