• Anemia

    Asked by Julia468 on Thursday, August 23, 2018

    Anemia

    I have had three rounds of siplatin and etoposide. Last round in mid July. I had 30 radiations to my chest during the same period. I just today finished 5 days of radiation to both femurs and my arm. Plus I had surgery on my right leg on August 1st. I've been anemic since the third just before the third chemo. Any tips on helping this turn around?

    3 Answers from the Community

    • po18guy's Avatar
      po18guy

      How is your hematocrit? Mine is low and I have chronic anemia, even though blood ox is 98-99+%. Have they checked your ferritin? Depending on the results, they might suggest some supplementation, but follow doctor's instructions, as you do not want an excess of iron (hemochromatosis) in your blood.

      about 3 years ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      Your doctor should be advising you about diet and prescription medicine to treat your anemia. If it gets too low, you can get a transfusion in the ER. The important and urgent thing is to talk to the doctor about it and how you feel. If you can't eat, you need to discuss that also, because there are nausea medicines and appetite stimulants you can get by prescription.

      When you have cancer, your body needs enough nutrients to be able to fight the cancer. Try drinking High Protein Boost as a supplement. Best wishes

      about 3 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      Here is a list of foods high in iron
      https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/11-healthy-iron-rich-foods#section4
      My dietition told me that a lot of cancer patients have a problem with anemia. I worked out some menus that were really tasty and easy to prepare. Canned beans are as nutritious as dry get low sodium and rinse them well. Legumes are my staple, You can have a high iron diet just by combining the food mentioned from cans. Be sure you use bone-in-meat and use bone stock for soups.

      about 3 years ago

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