Safety Plan for (ESAs) Used to Treat Chemotherapy-Related Anemia

One of the more common side effects of chemotherapy is anemia, or the lack of hemoglobin (red blood cells). Severe anemia is dangerous and will require the suspension of the use of chemotherapy as well as immediate treatment. In light of this the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has required that Amgen Inc. developed [...]

Part I of III – Managing Taxotere Side Effects – Blood Problems

One of the major problems faced by men on taxotere (chemotherapy) is anemia. Anemia is characterized as a low red blood cell count. It is often the cause of significant fatigue, another major complaint from men on chemotherapy. Aranesp® and Procrit® are both synthetic versions of the naturally occurring hormone, erythropoietin, that stimulates red blood [...]

Procrit To Counter Anemia With ADT & Chemotherapy

It is common knowledge that androgens play a role in the production of red blood cells. The lack of androgens cause the hematocrit (proportion of blood volume that is occupied by red blood cells) level to fall in most men with prostate cancer who are on a hormone blockade. About 10% of men on a [...]

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