Still Anemic

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Still Anemic

Postby DeniseBurkett » Sun Nov 22, 2015 10:00 pm

So... As I mentioned before, it was because of me being anemic that they found the tumor in my colon. They said the tumor was bleeding, causing the anemia. I had the tumor taken out on Oct. 21st. I had my first visit with the Oncologist this past Wednesday, and I was just looking at the results of the CBC online... and it shows I am still anemic. I had a hysterectomy 10 years ago... so there is no blood loss from menses. Is it normal for me to still be anemic?
P.S. I go for a pet scan tomorrow. Pray it finds anything that needs to be found, but that there is nothing to be found. :) Also going to get my port in Tuesday. :) Then Chemo starts December 2nd.
Diagnosed 10-8-15
Right Hemicolectomy 10-21-15
Stage 3 N1
Chemo to start 12-2-15

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Re: Still Anemic

Postby midlifemom » Mon Nov 23, 2015 7:09 am

Denise, you may want to ask your doc - onc or regular doc - about getting your blood counts up before chemo. Let us know what they suggest.
Stage 3 cc - dx Jan '14 age 53, cea 2.9
t2n2m0, KRAS mutant, MSS
Folfox Feb - Aug '14
Nov '14 cea 27.7 -2 liver masses
Dec '14 left lobectomy and HAI
Jan '15 FUDR and FOLFIRI
Aug '15 fudr done, liver clear, add avastin for lungs. Cea 4.3
Feb '16 CEA rising
May '16 2 wk break then drop Iri for 6 weeks.
Jul '16 cancer grew, constricted main bile duct. Stent inserted. On break till jaundice clears. CEA climbing. Doing reduced Folfox. Allergic to Oxali.
Sep'16 chemo failed. Trial or hospice?

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Re: Still Anemic

Postby Teddi » Mon Nov 23, 2015 10:58 am

Hi Denise, I don't know if it's normal, but I am 7 months out from treatment and still anemic. Hysterectomy here, as well. The doctors don't seem too concerned.
, told me to take some iron.

47 at diagnosis
Colonoscopy, biopsy, CT, PET 6/14
Rectal cancer (tentatively) Stage III-b, MSS
Xeloda and radiation 25x finished 8/14
FOLFOX 5 cycles
Surgery 1/23/14 ~ T1N0MX ~ temp illeostomy
FOLFOX 3 cycles = total of 8
Illeostomy reversal 4/8/15
Clean scans x2, clear colonoscopy 9/15

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Re: Still Anemic

Postby peanut_8 » Mon Nov 23, 2015 12:32 pm

Hi Denise
I was anemic at the time of diagnosis, and was advised by my physician to take supplemental iron pills. It's kind of difficult to remember the specifics butt I'm pretty sure I was taking them for several months. I was also getting frequent blood tests to monitor iron levels, CEA etc. Now I've on a 3 month schedule of blood testing, and so far everything looks good.

If I were you, I'd discuss taking some sort of iron pill with your physician.
Best Wishes, peanut
female, diagnosed Jan 14, RC stage 2a, age 56
April 14, 28 chemo/rad with Xeloda
June 14 adjuvant Xeloda 6 rounds
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Re: Still Anemic

Postby rwightman » Wed Nov 25, 2015 10:17 pm

I was also diagnosed because I was anemic and we were looking for the causes. It takes a while for your iron stores to build. It looks like you are only a month out from surgery. I wouldn't be concerned yet, my doctors said it would several months for levels to get back to normal and they did.
10/9/14 DX Age 50 - MSS
10/23/14 - Colon Resection - Stage II - 0/15 lympth nodes
12/30/14 - Stage IV - 1 liver met 2cc - Liver Resection - No lymph nodes and margins clear
3/10/15 - peri mets
3/15 - Folfox with Avastin - 7 tx
7/15 - HIPEC - 2 peri mets
10/14 - resection of abdominal met
11/12 - 5FU

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