Sep 15, 2016 10:15PM ChiSandy wrote:
Neulasta is usually given after each chemo treatment, not after surgery, as the whole point is to mitigate the damage chemo causes to the immune system by killing the bone-marrow cells that make the necessary white blood cells. Not sure why you’d expect to need it for a PMX, as surgery doesn’t have the same effect (and though radiation does immunosuppress to a degree, it does so via a different mechanism from chemo). Without concrete proof that you are immunocompromised, and that it’s due to a mechanism by which Neulasta can remedy it, not only wouldn’t insurance pay for it but most reputable practitioners wouldn’t administer it no matter what you were willing to pay.
As to Iscador (mistletoe), it’s used in Europe (and not in conventional medical facilities), but not here. And there is no chemotherapy (synthetic or natural) given for ALH or prophylactically in an otherwise healthy patient with no genetic mutations. Who has told you you are at high risk due to family history? What is your family history: which cancers, what degree relatives? Yes, a PMX might make sense IF you’re truly high-risk. But “energizing” your “immune system” as either adjunct to or substitute for PMX makes no sense. And why would you even think you’d be recommended chemo or rads without a cancer diagnosis, especially if you undergo PMX?
And mistletoe is a poison. (Yeah, it’s natural. So are foxglove, taxol, mustard gas, deadly nightshade, curare, castor bean/ricin, etc.). If (and that’s a big “if” without double-blind studies) it kills cancer that’s probably because it is cytotoxic.