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thoughts.... was posted 08/30/2012 10:56 pm by Lyn
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It is very common to develop low red blood cells (anemia) when you have cancer. Anemia is actually common with many 'chronic' diseases.... especially cancer. Part of it is due to the response of stress on the body of fighting the cancer, which can affect red blood cell production in the bone marrow.

There is always a chance he is bleeding somewhere internally, into the bowels etc.. but this is less likely.

High white blood cells are often due to an infection, or can be a stress response to the process going on in his body right now due to the cancer.

BUT...... I am also concerned that whatever 'medicines' this 'doc' is giving him could also be causing these changes as side effects.

Sometimes it is hard to know the cause for sure, but if he develops a fever or sees blood in his stool, he should run to a real doctor or ER as soon as possible.

I am sorry he has not chosen to have surgery, which actually has a chance of CURING him. Very sad... But I do respect people's choice to treat themselves the way they prefer... as long as they are competent to make their own decisions.

Good luck to you and your loved one.

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