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Iron was posted 01/17/2018 10:13 am by Anonymous
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It is common for blood counts to drop with chemo, including red blood cells / hemoglobin. Have they checked your iron stores to document you actually have an iron deficit?

When my mom had a documented iron/iron stores (ferritin) deficit, she ate a well balanced diet, and took the iron supplement Vitron C that has a very well tolerated iron formulation that has fewer gastrointestinal side effects and Vitamin C to improve absorption. It is better to separate iron from calcium to improve its absorption.

Sometimes IV iron is needed for severe deficits.

You can easily look up foods online that have high iron. We tried to avoid foods that have a high fat, high fiber content that can exacerbate gastroparesis, a common complication of PC. Cream of wheat is well liked by nutritionists for its iron fortification. We used to make it with whole milk and added milk powder to increase nutrition. Cooked dark green vegetables and meats, in small amounts.

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