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Another Shot, Another Boost

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Joan Lunden

Breast Cancer /

If you don't like needles, then just shut your eyes and listen...like I did! If you've followed my video blog you might know that I'm not one for needles. Even after all I've been through, I still do flinch before a shot. But the nurses at my treatment center are so fantastic, and of course my husband too, that I got through it.

Another Shot: Not For the Faint of Heart

Normally in the days following my AC chemo infusions, I receive a shot of the drug called Neulasta. It's a medicine that helps the body to produce more white blood cells (WBC), which can get very low in cancer patients. This is important since these are the cells that help the body to fight infection.

I've been having a very rough couple of days, feeling very weak and tired, so I went to my doctor to check my blood counts. The normal range for WBC is 4.0-8.0 and my levels plummeted below 1.0. This certainly contributed to how I've been feeling. 

It was recommended that I immediately get a Neupogen shot, a drug similar to Neulasta, both helping to boost WBC. One of my doctors actually called these drugs, "gods gift to oncology." 


About The Author
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Joan Lunden truly exemplifies today’s modern working woman. An award-winning journalist, bestselling author, motivational speaker, successful entrepreneur, one of America’s most recognized and trusted television personalities, this mom of seven continues to do it all. As host of Good Morning America for nearly two decades, Lunden brought insight to top issues for millions of Americans each day. The longest running host ever on early morning television, Lunden reported from 26 countries, covered 4 presidents and 5 Olympics and kept Americans up to date on how to care for their homes, their families and themselves.

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