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    Low Hemoglobin Count with AML (Leukemia)

    Female patient, 59 years old, diagonosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia. Doctor feels chemotherapy not an option at this time because of severly low hemoglobin count of 4.2 and dropping. Patient has received 2 injections of Procrit however the hemoglobin level has continued to drop. Platelets count went from 17,000 to 20, 000 and then back down to 17,000. Patient receive iron pills but the current iron levels in blood are acceptable and so it is deem unadvisable to contain iron treatment regimen. Patient has also been taking chlorophyll as a homeopathic remedy. Doctor feels that there are no other options to raise the hemoglobin count except for transfusion (which is not acceptable). Blood fractions also not acceptable to this patient. Doctor has currently suspended all treatment to raise hemoglobin count. Looking for a strategy to raise hemoglobin count quickly to allow patient to undergo chemo to treat the AML, which is very treatable. Would also be interested in medical contacts with more experience in treating successfully such low blood count.

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    Is the patient one of Jehovah's Witnesses? If so, the quickest help will come from the Hospital Liaison Committee for Jehovah's Witnesses. If the patient has had Procrit injections, he or she has already taken fractions. Call your elders who will put you in contact with the HLC and it will take time and patience in getting the Hg count up.
    Jim Laws

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    Patient is one of Jehovah's Witnesses and the HLC and HIS have been contacted and of course they are doing all they can to help. But time is running out and we are looking for any suggestions.

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    Patient has received 2 injections of Procrit however the hemoglobin level has continued to drop. ... Blood fractions also not acceptable to this patient.
    Does Procit have an albumin free product now?

    Warren Behr
    Bronson Blood Conservation

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    Aranesp is an albumin free product. Becareful to read the label. Both are still out there. Have the doctor order no albumin from the Pharmacy.
    Jim Laws

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