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Is high iron levels a sign the end is approaching for terminal cancer patient? Given 4 weeks but has now been 16. Still mobile but slowly sleepin more

Is high iron levels a sign the end is approaching for terminal cancer patient? Given 4 weeks but has now been 16. Still mobile but slowly sleepin more

Unlikely: High iron is not in any common prognostic database for terminal cancer patients and even these are difficult to apply to an individual patient. High iron might has too many causes in cancer. More predictive is how active the person is, what the appetite is, malnutrition level, immunity level, organ function, and so on. Many, many, other items to factor. If not on hospice, get it and ask their md. ...Read more

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Can pancreatic cancer cause iron levels to increase?

Can pancreatic cancer cause iron levels to increase?

Iron pancreas cancer: 33 M Ottawa: Can pancreatic cancer cause iron levels to increase? ANS: Can recall no biologically plausible mechanism for this to happen. But discuss with your Drs who know you and your metabolism best. ...Read more

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34 F. Had CBC May last year and levels normal. Iron test Nov '14 and low iron (5 or 6). Taking iron tabs. Iron deficiency normal? No fam hx cancers

34 F. Had CBC May last year and levels normal. Iron test Nov '14 and low iron (5 or 6). Taking iron tabs. Iron deficiency normal? No fam hx cancers

Iron deficiency: Can be due to a number of causes. In a young woman like yourself, we might consider heavy periods and a low iron diet to cause it. Otherwise, your doctor might want to do some testing to look for occult bleeding (in the stools), etc. ...Read more

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Why after my colon resection from cancer am I now unable to sustain my iron levels? Battery of tests all clear. I am getting infusions now

Why after my colon resection from cancer am I now unable to sustain my iron levels? Battery of tests all clear. I am getting infusions now

Colon resection: By itself is not known cause of iron absorption problem. Possibiliteis such as pernicious anemia and occult bleeding come to mind. Consult with a hematologist to investigate this condition further. ...Read more

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Been taking iron pills for low iron and ferritin for 7 weeks. Ferritin increased but iron decreased. What could be wrong? Anything serious like cancer

Been taking iron pills for low iron and ferritin for 7 weeks. Ferritin increased but iron decreased. What could be wrong? Anything serious like cancer

Need to see actual: Values. You may not have taken enough iron to be reflected in serum iron levels. Do you have excessive menstrual bleeding? Could the low iron be due to bleeding in the stomach? If the later may be a concern, please discuss getting a fecal occult blood test with your doctor. ...Read more

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She told me that low iron counts can be a sign of possible colon cancer, is that true?

She told me that low iron counts can be a sign of possible colon cancer, is that true?

Yes!: Ascending colon cancer's first presentation could be anemia!
check please occult blood in stool too and if positive a colonoscopy is needed immediately! ...Read more

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If a scope shows that I have colon cancer after 6 months of low iron and other symptoms, what are my chances of survival if I've had it for that long?

If a scope shows that I have colon cancer after 6 months of low iron and other symptoms, what are my chances of survival if I've had it for that long?

DEPENDS: The prognosis for colon cancer does not depend on the length of time that you have had symptoms. It does depend on size and depth of the tumor, if it has spread to lymph nodes or other places and genetics of the cancer itself. Some patients have very advanced tumors with no symptoms while some have symptoms and have a very curable cancer. ...Read more

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I am 52, no periods for 6 mos, iron at 37 L, % saturation 8 L, ferritin8 L, MCH 25.5 L, MCHC 31.4 L, RDW 17.7. I am worried about cancer. Should I be?

I am 52, no periods for 6 mos, iron at 37 L, % saturation 8 L, ferritin8 L, MCH 25.5 L, MCHC 31.4 L, RDW 17.7. I am worried about cancer. Should I be?

Not yet: However iron deficiency in a non-vegan person at your age is of concern and needs to be worked out. Since gastrointestinal cancer can cause blood loss, one needs to rule out its presence as well. Advise you to contact a GI specialist soon. ...Read more

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Been taking iron supplements for 8 weeks now and iron is not increasing but decreasing. What could be wrong. Seeing a hematologist soon. Cancer?

Been taking iron supplements for 8 weeks now and iron is not increasing but decreasing. What could be wrong. Seeing a hematologist soon. Cancer?

Not necessarily: Many things can be going on but in someone so young, cancer would not be on top of my list. That said, it is wise to see a hematologist/oncologist so don't miss the appointment. Best to you. ...Read more

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Is 18mg of iron too much for an 87 year old with GI cancer and a small bleed in the liver?

Is 18mg of iron too much for an 87 year old with GI cancer and a small bleed in the liver?

Not likely,,,: This is the USDA recommended dietary allowance for women 19-50 years old and as there might have a possible iron deficiency from the GI cancer and bleed it's likely needed. It's also important to see your doctor about the so called bleed and the cancer for treatment and ongoing management. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned about cancer with having a high platelet count of 816, 000? I also have iron deficency anemia. I can't stop worrying.

Should I be concerned about cancer with having a high platelet count of 816, 000? I also have iron deficency anemia. I can't stop worrying.

Recheck it: Iron deficiency could be the cause but it is important to follow up on it. Please recheck it after correction of iron deficiency. Then get a CBC and see what changes have taken place. Also watch WBC count. If the platelet count persists above 500, 000 then you need to see a hematologist for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Stool seems black on wiping like when on iron, l sided pain at times. Feel very empty after. Maternal cervical and bowel cancer, worried?

Stool seems black on wiping like when on iron, l sided pain at times. Feel very empty after. Maternal cervical and bowel cancer, worried?

Worry if melena: Melena presents as black-colored stool due to the break-down of blood in your stomach. You may be describing this and, if so suspicious, seek immediate medical attention. ...Read more

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Everytime I spit the after taste is like iron tasting do I have cancer what's wrong plus everytime I cough I have a splitting head ache?

Everytime I spit the after taste is like iron tasting do I have cancer what's wrong plus everytime I cough I have a splitting head ache?

Iron taste: Actually just looking at those sx I would think first about a sinus infection. Your taste is tied to your sense of smell. Pain in your head with coughing, increased pressure in the sinuses, would be a sinus infection. Go visit with your ENT doc. ...Read more

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I have ulcerative colitis. Is it safe for me to take 25mg iron 3 times/week to remedy anemia? I've heard it could worsen my uc & raise my cancer risk.

I have ulcerative colitis. Is it safe for me to take 25mg iron 3 times/week to remedy anemia? I've heard it could worsen my uc & raise my cancer risk.

Yes & No: It is safe and effective specially if you are significantly anemic. However it may be necessary to give IV iron in some cases. ...Read more

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mom has gist cancer, severe heart disease& alzheimer's. she's dizzy is it ok to give her 18 mg of iron daily changed her digoxin to 1/2 tab of 125mcg

mom has gist cancer, severe heart disease& alzheimer's. she's dizzy is it ok to give her 18 mg of iron daily changed her digoxin to 1/2 tab of 125mcg

Who's managing her?: We can't answer this without knowing much more about her medical situation. It sounds as if a physician is not available despite your mom being acutely ill, and that this is the real problem. If there is a hospice care system available in your community, please get her enrolled now and life will be easier for both you and her. I'm glad you're caring for Mom and you have my sympathy. ...Read more

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What happens when you have low iron levels?

What happens when you have low iron levels?

Iron deficiency: Low iron makes you tired, pale, lightheaded, and short of breath. It can cause "pica" (craving something unusual). The most common symptom is munching ice. Additional symptoms include foggy thinking, poor hair and nail growth, itching, and restless legs. Pregnant women with low iron can have children with lower iq scores than if they had adequate iron stores. ...Read more

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How serious is it that my iron levels are low?

How serious is it that my iron levels are low?

Iron deficiency: Iron deficiency can cause anemia, fatigue, poor thinking, abnormal hair and nail growth, and pica (craving unusual things to eat). In a woman your age, it is usually due to the loss of blood (and the iron inside the red cells) with menstruation. Please see your doctor to determine whether anything else is causing your low iron levels, and to receive appropriate advice on iron supplementation. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned about my low iron levels?

Yes: Many of the causes of low iron levels are treatable. Most people compensate for low iron levels without symptoms but if the cause leads to worsening levels, then investigating and treating the cause are worthwhile and sensible. ...Read more

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What are considered the common warning signs of having low iron levels?

Anemia & fatigue!: Iron deficiency will causes iron deficiency anemia, which causes fatigue, depletion of iron from muscle, which causes fatigue. Mental exaustion, and muscle cramps, . ...Read more

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Are low iron levels and high bilirubin levels connected?

Are low iron levels and high bilirubin levels connected?

May be, may be not: Further evaluation is obviously needed. I can't say whether it is related or not without getting more information. In many cases- probably those two are not related. However in a case of colon cancer with metastatic disease to the liver- it can cause both increase of bilirubin level as well as low iron. Go to see your md and discuss further your condition. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the side effects of low iron levels?

Doctors, what are the side effects of low iron levels?

Iron deficiency: Fatigue and poor concentration.
of course if the deficiency leads to anemia. then the anemia will cause exertional symptoms, near syncope, light headedness.
restless leg and sleep disturbances can happen as well.
iron is important to extract energy from nutrition ...Read more

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Why do I crave rice cakes when my iron levels are really low?

Why do I crave rice cakes when my iron levels are really low?

Nobody knows: The key is that you get the iron deficiency managed. I got myself iron deficient with overzealous blood donations and discovered that the chew-the-ice stuff is real. Rice cakes are a popular second -- anything big and crunchy and relatively tasteless seems to appeal to the iron-deficient. I notice that you list other meds but not an iron supplement, and no sign of a workup. Find the cause & get Rx ...Read more

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Low iron levels will this make me more susceptible to mosquito bites?

Low iron levels will this make me more susceptible to mosquito bites?

No.: Mosquitoes do not know or care of your iron concentration. You will not have any more or less reaction as a result. ...Read more

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I tried to donate blood but I couldn't because my iron levels were 10.8 the first time and 11.1 the second time. Are iron levels of 10.8 and 11.1 low?

I tried to donate blood but I couldn't because my iron levels were 10.8 the first time and 11.1 the second time. Are iron levels of 10.8 and 11.1 low?

Yes: For someone your age it should be above 12 for a woman and above 13 for a man. You may be deficient in iron, get tested at your doctor's to see if you should take supplements or look into any other causes. ...Read more

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What causes low iron levels? How low are mine exactly? Iron- 22 l (range: 50-170) dibc- 424 (265-497) % saturation- 5 l (15-50) ferritin 6.6 l (6.0-137)

What causes low iron levels? How low are mine exactly? Iron- 22 l (range: 50-170) dibc- 424 (265-497) % saturation- 5 l (15-50) ferritin 6.6 l (6.0-137)

Mild to moderate iron deficiency: This kind of iron deficiency is very common in young women and can be related to heavy periods a diet rich in iron such as red meats and leaky this important plus iron supplement this could correct it if there is no acute or chronic bleeding that is undetected if you suspect a bleeding problem then please see your physician. ...Read more

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Reasons for low iron levels?

Reasons for low iron levels?

Less in or more out: Either lack of iron intake from diet (ie. Vegetarian), lack of iron absorption (ie. Celiac), or iron losses (ie. Bleeding). ...Read more

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My iron levels are 5 is this very low?

My iron levels are 5 is this very low?

Units?: If this is serum iron in micrograms per deciliter, this is extremely low and you are seriously sick. You need to find the cause of your iron deficiency (heavy monthly loss? Ill-advised vegetarianism? stomach ulcer? bowel cancer? hookworm? Many others) before it disables / kills you. I'm sorry if your physician did not emphasize the seriousness of the situation. Work with him/her on the cause & Rx ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of low iron levels in men?

What are the symptoms of low iron levels in men?

Why do you ask?: If a man feels tired or has diminished exercise tolerance, anemia is a consideration. It needs to be investigated by a physician. Self-treatment by taking iron will simply mask the cause of iron deficiency, which especially in a man is a bleeding ulcer or stomach cancer until proved otherwise. If the guy is iron-deficiency from vegetarianism, he needs to wise up and supplement. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms of low iron levels?

What are some of the symptoms of low iron levels?

Odd cravings or Pica: Iron deficiency may cause anemia with fatigue, coldness, weakness, decreased exercise tolerance, palpitations and shortness of breath. You may also see changes in hair (color, hair loss or thinning), nails (brittleness, lines, grooves), mouth (stomatitis), tongue (glossitis) and stomach (gastric atrophy/abdominal pain). Unusual cravings (Pica) for ice, starch, clay, or other items may also occur. ...Read more

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Low iron levels, alternative options to treating this?

Low iron levels, alternative options to treating this?

Healthy diet: Sources of iron - egg yolk, molasses, raisin bran, raisins, prunes, dried apricots, figs, kidney beans, pinto beans, navy beans, lentils, split green peas, enriched cereals, enriched macaroni, spinach, greens, broccoli, lima beans, avocado. Cook in a cast iron pan. The following foods can help your body absorb iron better: orange, cantaloupe, strawberries, grapefruit, broccoli, brussels sprouts. ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are the symptoms of low iron levels?

No Symptoms: Low iron levels may cause no symptoms at all until the level is low enough to cause anemia. Anemia is associated with fatigue, pale lips, fast heart beat, and cold hands and feet. Most important is to figure out why iron is low. Do you need to eat more iron rich foods? Are you loosing blood? There is a great explanation at http://www. Nhlbi. Nih. Gov/health/health-topics/topics/ida/signs. Html. ...Read more

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Can having very low iron levels kill you?

Can having very low iron levels kill you?

Theoretically, yes: You'd have to have REEEEAAAALLLLLY low iron levels to do this, but REEEEAAAALLLLY severe anemia of very long standing could conceivably put you into high-output cardiac failure which if prolonged over a few years could cause cardiac arrest. ...Read more

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What would hairloss from low iron levels look like?

What would hairloss from low iron levels look like?

Hair loss/low iron: What makes you think you have low iron levels?
If you are a male it is not at all uncommon to begin to lose hair. There are options for preventing this, believe it or not, starting with a hair stylist. ...Read more

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