• The Hemogoblins are eating up my Hemoglobin- Down to 8.8.... Im not a liver or a fish eater, any suggestions?

    Asked by mujersabia on Sunday, September 9, 2012

    The Hemogoblins are eating up my Hemoglobin- Down to 8.8.... Im not a liver or a fish eater, any suggestions?

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    • FreeBird's Avatar

      Hello. My dad has been somewhat anemic since his first major cancer. Chemotherapy with Gemzar is the goblin that's gobblin' his hemoglobin down even lower. After a cycle of chemotherapy, his hemoglobin bounces back up a little bit. This time around with cancer, the lowest it has gone is 8.2. There are various causes of low hemoglobin, and if you know what that is for you, you may be able to do something about it. How is your hemoglobin over time? Does it improve on your off weeks of chemo? What does your doctor say? Have they done a blood iron test? Are you eating well? Have you been through menopause? How were your blood counts before and after your surgery? Your doctor should be able to tell what's going on with the Hgb. It may be just part of your fun cancer exerience like dad.

      about 8 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      8.8 really isn't that bad. It is somewhat low yes, but it would have be way lower before considering interrupting treatment. Your oncologist monitors hemoglobin throughout chemo and will include iron supplementation if and when needed, probably as an infusion along with your chemo. Eating fish or liver really isn't going to have much impact one way or the other.

      about 8 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      I had that same problem. I eat a vegan diet, and so I also did not eat fish or liver. I did take an iron supplement... but man, low hemoglobins really made me feel so very tired. Whatever you do, try to keep moving, even if it is only a little bit. Mine dropped a bit below 8... but that was as low as I went. I was borderline for a transfusion, which I really wanted to avoid.

      What does your health care team say? Did they have any advice?

      The good news is that the goblins stopped eating up the globins... and my hemoglobin recovered back to a normal value....

      Good luck.

      about 8 years ago

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