Just had a complete blood count (CBC) done, mostly for cholesterol checking.
My WBC (white blood cell) count has been low for some time, but took another dip down over the past 6 months to 2.8 k/mm3, the lowest it has been ever. The normal range is 4.0 to 11.0 k/mm3.
At the same time, for the first time, one of my "phils" came in below range. My neutrophil count slipped to 1.5, and the normal range is 1.6 to 9.3.
I have not had any illnesses lately and feel fine. I doubt that I'm fighting something off constantly, causing the WBC to be down.
My primary care doctor is starting to be concerned. Before I hit this low, all the other counts were fine. I asked him what could cause my low WBC, and he said, "Well, you did have radiation." I pointed out that the radiation was now nearly 4 years in the past, and that no large bones were in the targeted area. He understood this counterpoint but we didn't discuss causes further than that.
He said that I wasn't apparently suffering from the low WBC, since I haven't had trouble with wounds healing, or illnesses that I couldn't shake. In other words, the white cells I do have seem to be taking care of me for the present.
But he said that if the WBC drifted down any further, he would be sending me to the hematologist/oncologist.
I'm getting worried.
Dx Feb 2006, PSA 9 @age 43
RRP Apr 2006 - Gleason 3+4, T2c, NX MX, pos margins
PSA 5/06 <0.1, 8/06 0.2, 12/06 0.6, 1/07 0.7.
Salvage radiation (IMRT) Jan-Mar 2007
PSA 9/2007 and thereafter <0.1pcabefore50.blogspot.com