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Why is it hard to control platelets in the blood of adenocarcinoma patients?

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Dr. Michael Benjamin
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
Treatments?: Cancer patients can have low platelets for a few reasons (i think this is what you're asking). 1-chemo treatments can reduce platelet counts by a direct toxic effect. Usually this recovers prior to the next treatment. 2-liver disease from metastases can lead to low platelets. 3-i suppose malnutrition itself could cause low platelets.
Dr. SG Erman
Dr. SG Ermananswered
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Complicated: Platelets are an a 'acute phase reactant' that change with infection, inflammation, tumors, and various chemptherapies among other things. Platelets are involved in blood clotting.

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