You are right that grapes (which contain flavanol) may alter platelet function, and this effect is being touted as the reason why taking wine may seem beneficial for those with cardiovascular disease. Discuss the level of your platelets and your risk of bleeding – if there is a relatively low risk, it is unlikely that taking grapes would be harmful.
A more logical way to increase platelet is to increase dietary protein, which would be needed to build most cells inadvertently affected by chemotherapy. This would help improve white blood cells and platelets.
Ultimately, there are drugs that can be given to trigger the bone marrow to produce more platelets when the need arises.
Thanks so much for getting me on the right track. My platelet count is in the 60s and a couple of months ago was in the 20s. However, it is starting to decrease again. I fear if it continues dropping that I will not be able to get chemotherapy.
Regarding dietary fiber: Would drinking Ensure with Extra Protein help?
I cannot eat solid food right now (except soup) and wonder how else I can get extra protein into my diet. I am currently drinking 5 bottles of Ensure a day which fulfills the regular protein requirement, but please, please let me know if there is another liquid or powder that would provide me extra protein. Thanks so much. I am DESPERATE!! I really appreciate your help.
You may want to check Prosure, which was developed specifically for people with cancer (especially for those who are losing weight).
There are no specific dietary recommendations just specifically for increasing platelet counts.
The decrease in the platelet count following chemotherapy is due to the marrow toxicity. As the chemo is stopped, with time there can be slight improvement in counts.
With respect to drugs that can help in raising the counts ---
Eltrombopag from Glaxosmithline pharma - still under trials.