Apr 05, 2011 - 1:40 am
Have finished three rounds of taxol/carboplatin with nearly no side effects except occasional fatigue--and the news that my hemoglobin is too low.
It is 9.1 instead of the 11.-14 considered normal for women.
My cancer center didn't really elaborate on how to address the problem; the chemo nurse just muttered, "Maybe you should be taking some iron." (Talk about vague; what KIND of iron, and how much?)
Worse yet, I've often read that cancer thrives on two elements: glucose (sugar) and iron.
So does anyone out there know how to bring up hemoglobin without resorting to iron supplements? (It's true that I've eaten very little red meat since my diagnosis--because it's high in iron--but maybe I'd better start doing so.) Can a change in diet bring up hemoglobin levels within two weeks? Am scheduled to start radiation in two weeks and that too lowers hemoglobin so this is a little scary.
Would prefer not to take Procrit (which wasn't even suggested to me) unless absolutel necessary, so any advice I'd really appreciate. I haven't felt very tired except for two days last week.