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Anemia Due to Chemotherapy
Anemia is a common side-effect of many types of cancer treatment. Our clinic offers specialized acupuncture
approaches for anemia and other side-effects of chemotherapy
By reducing the side-effects of chemotherapy, our treatments have
helped patients to stay healthy enough to complete the schedule of
chemotherapy which has been recommended by their oncologist.
The number of both red and white blood cells
often declines significantly within hours or days after infusion of
chemotherapy. Hospital oncology clinics will normally perform blood
tests (called a complete blood count) prior to each round of
chemotherapy. These blood tests are used to determine the patient's
levels of red blood cells and other components of the blood.
these levels are too low, the next round of chemotherapy may need to be
postponed in order to allow the body to recover. This situation is
undesirable because it means that cancer treatment cannot proceed on the
schedule which the oncologist believed would be most helpful. In
recommending a treatment plan, a skilled oncologist will have considered
the research evidence relating to your case, additional health
conditions you may have, your personal preferences, and his or her
previous clinical experience in treating people with similar conditions.
is diagnosed if the hemoglobin level is below 13.5 g/dL (for men) or 12
g/dL (for women). There are many causes of anemia. In order to provide
effective treatment, our clinic will ask for your full medical history.
We will also request to have these numbers from your blood tests
forwarded to us from your oncology clinic:
some patients, more than one condition may be contributing to anemia.
Deficiency of vitamin B12 (which may result from autoimmune conditions)
makes it harder for the body to produce blood cells. Some kidney
problems may lead to a decreased production of erythropoietin, a hormone involved in blood cell production.
or blood loss is a possibility when patients are experiencing
pancytopenia or thrombocytopenia, which are known side-effects of many
chemotherapy agents. In these conditions, the number of platelets is
reduced, and this impairs the body's ability to form blood clots to stop
bleeding. Hematocrit (HCT), mean corpuscular volume (MCV) and red cell
distribution width (RDW) may be helpful for further analysis of the
cause of anemia and evaluation of treatment options.
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offer a range of natural health services and can provide these in a way
that is fully integrated, designed, and fine-tuned for you to receive
the maximum benefit. We can provide treatment for multiple health
concerns at each appointment. If you wish to speak to Dr. Windsor
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"Whenever the lab test information is available, I will review this
information in order to provide safe and effective care for patients in
chemotherapy. In addition to asking about symptoms, I also watch for
certain changes in the platelets and the white blood cells. These can
sometimes improve in response to acupuncture treatment. Although it is
not common, sometimes it is necessary to reschedule the acupuncture
treatment to promote safety. Monitoring the blood lab reports helps me
to know when this is appropriate."
Dr. Eric Windsor, D.Ac.