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Low Iron Levels And Cancer
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
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
High iron serum-167, low ferritin-113.Cbc&cmp normal.Symptoms:fatigue and mild anxiety.Are symptoms of iron overload possible with low iron 'storage'?
Low iron and saturation %, normal tranferrine and ferrantine levels.I have thalassimia.Cbc normal.Why are iron and saturation% low.Thankyou?
Normal variant: Do not worry.Get a more detailed answer ›
Low estriol /anemia: It should not. Need to see maternal fetal medicine specialist and have targeted ultrasound. ...Read more
What might cause high B12 levels? I also had low iron (long-standing anemia) and low vitamin D. CBC was normal except mildly low hemoglobin.
B12 normal range: There is no harm in an elevated B12 level. The normal range is established based on a population study, but the physiology and diet factors that might lead to higher levels than those in the population study are not significant. Don't worry about it in the least. Get follow-up to see that the hemoglobin comes back to normal though. ...Read more
I have low ferretin levels as well as low transferrin levels. What is causing this low transferrin levels even though my iron stores are low?
Stabilized by copper: In this case, the protein that becomes ceruloplasmin (called apoceruloplasmin) is more stable in the presence of copper. So low copper levels will cause a faster degradation of the protein that otherwise becomes ceruloplasmin. Additionally, unlike some proteins, there is no increased production of ceruloplasmin when copper levels are low, . ...Read more
HFE mutation with low *6.7* ferritin and 61% sat. Do I need high sats AND high ferritin for iron deposits in body? Concern for low ferritin? Thanks!
Can be Iron def: Hemochromatosis results in increased iron absorption from diet. But it will not stop iron deficiency if you are losing iron/blood such as menstruation or pregnancy. Low ferritin says iron stores are low. High transferrin sat says you absorb excess iron from what you eat. Women with homozygous HC get organ damage about a decade later than men for this reason. If you are anemic take (!) iron briefly ...Read more
See below: Addison's disease is a state of low cortisol or hypocortisolism. In addition to cortsiol, the adrenal galnd also produces a very important hormone called aldosterone. The latter is responsible for reabsorbing sodium from the urine in exchange for potassium. If such hormone is not produced in sufficient quantity (either isolated or in conjunction with cortisol), potassium levels go up. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Recent labs showed high platelets high iron high tibc low normal ferritin level of 12 is this iron deficiency ?
Likely: The best test for iron deficiency anemia (ida) is ferritin. Sometimes when there is inflammation (an possible associated anemia of chronic disease/inflammation, the ferritin may increase as an acute phase reactant). The "gold standard" for diagnosis is a bone marrow biopsy, but rarely needed. High platelets are also associated with ida. Treatment should improve platelets and ferritin. ...Read more
Yes, in general: If the iron level is low for long enough the hemoglobin will go down. So a normal hemoglobin level tells us that there is no significan iron deficiency...Yet you can have mild iron deficit yet have a normal hemoglobin. So it does not equate with iron levels exactly but more or less...So it is good, not a perfect substitute. ...Read more
Low hemoglobin (11.6),low mch, high rdw, low alkaline phosphates, all other values normal including rbc and b12. Possible cause? Iron deficiency?
May be: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, iron deficiency is not uncommon in women in their reproductive years. It would be safe to take oral iron and multivitamin supplements and recheck hemoglobin at your next visit to your doctor. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more
I have high iron, high saturated iron, high ferritin, high neutrophils and low lymphocytes oh and low creatinine. Should i be concerned?
Low serum iron 36 and very high ferritin level 1,171. Is this anemia of chronic disease? High liver enzymes and ALP 476. What's wrong?
Need more info: A complete history is needed! What other Med problems u have? The possibilities are many: anemia w elevated ferritin and normal MCV could be chronic disease. The elevated liver enzymes need imaging and if hep B and C were r/out, maybe a liver biopsy. Many chronic conditions like Rheumatoid arthritis,Lupus, autoimmune liver disease, may cause these findings. Did you mean Alfa fetoprotein?.see PCP ...Read 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Typically have low platelets (100-120k) Also now have severely low iron, but I’ve had poor diet, too. Should I be worried about bone marrow cancer?
Address the iron: Some folks just run low platelets; the reference ranges (usually bottom-of-normal is around 150k) are set so that a few percent of healthies fall below. You can have brain surgery with these platelet levels. I AM worried about your low iron; it'll make you sick before you become anemic, and you need to find the cause and address it. You're smart to have written & I trust you'll do this. ...Read more
What to do if I have history colon cancer stageii ( 3years out) now anemic low h&h low iron DVT sept 9 whole leg/hospital month?
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?
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 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
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
What is the cause of itchy skin? How would I know it’s cancer or just iron deficiency? I was iron deficient but idk if it’s still that cause?
Many causes: There are many reasons, but simple blood tests could direct your GP to find the cause. Elevated liver functions and allergic skin conditions could also be a reason for the itching. Iron deficiency could be due to decreased iron intake or increased iron losses and some rare diseases like thalassemia minor. ...Read more
Stool seems black on wiping like when on iron, l sided pain at times. feel very empty after. maternal cervical and bowel cancer, worried?
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 ?
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.
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