Effects of treatment with rhEPO on quality of life in anemic cancer patients


Anemia is one of the multitude of problems that cancer patients may expe­rience. Under normal conditions, erythropoietin, a glycoprotein hormone produced in the kidney in response to anemia, stimulates the production of red blood cells, however, in cancer patients the erythropoietin response may be diminished. Indeed, the endogenous levels of erythropoietin in cancer patients with anemia is significantly lower than in cancer patients who expe­rience a similar degree of anemia caused by iron deficiency [31]. In addition, the erythropoietin response in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment is compromised [31]. Logically then, the adjustment of erythro­poietin levels is one approach to alleviating anemia.


Recombinant Human Erythropoietin Anemic Cancer Patient 
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  1. 1.Medical OncologyGuy’s HospitalLondonUK

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