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Help with chemo anemia

12 years 11 months ago #4097 by Ann_Rubin
Thanks Debby for the info. I am going to buy some iron supplements. I just bought some spinach and plan beef for dinner. Like you said, finding tasty food they want is a challenge. His count was 10.2 last week. I also will start pushing the exercise.

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12 years 11 months ago #4087 by DebTN
Hi Ann, Here's my limited knowledge of anemia. My husbans is on his 5th cycle of chemo ( lymph node involvement) He recieves Aranesp injections every other week. These can be given every other week , every third week or every week. IT is important to know his hemoglobin count it should be above 10 below this our oncologist does transfusions. You can keep track of these and symptoms on Heres the tips on sympton improvement.
Iron Supplements
eat small meals of red meat and leafy veg every 2 to 4 hours
10 to 30 min a day of exercise
short naps

This all sounds easy huh well its not went they say their so tired they can't wake up. In our case no transfusions. The cells start to reproduce quicker after chemo has stopped ( oncologist statement) Hope your husband is feeling better and I wish him the best of luck. My husband tells everyone " Cancers like Christmas your never sure what you'll get in the next box."
Best of luck, Debbie

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12 years 11 months ago #4079 by Ann_Rubin
Hi to all
It has been awhile since I posted as I have been helping my husband get through chemo. He did so on last Thursday. Hooray. Now we are trying to get him strong and back to his old self. He was fortunate with his experience and he is a real trooper. However, he has some residual anemia. He has had 2 Areanest (not sure of spelling) shots and does't return to Norris until he has his scans in 3 weeks. I would like to try some home remedies. If anyone has some suggestions I would appreciate it.

Thanks, Sam

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