iron

IV ARTESUNATE CONSIDERATIONS CONT

QUESTION: I will be starting artesunate with a patient in the near future (hopefully in the next week).  She has done HIVC with her chemo.  However, the chemo has not worked well for the patient and she now is willing to entertain further treatments.  I have read your artesunate summary for IV use and you mention …

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FERRITIN AND HDIVC CONT

Elevated Ferritin in cancer is mostly due to the neoplastic process and rarely reflective of iron storage or nutriture [PMID: 23891969] – It can however be a marker of progression. That said, as the MOA of HDIVC uses Fe and Cu to flip electrons and cause the H2O2 burst and so iron availability is important …

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IM IRON USE AND CAUTIONS CONT

QUESTION: Why such strict caution on the IM Iron package insert? I consulted a reference which did mention fatal anaphylaxis, but in less than 1% for IV. It’s also advised for slow drip only so I have assumed a rapid IM would present greater risk. IV iron gives me enough anxiety for AE’s so I just avoid …

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ARTEMISIA, IRON AND CANCER CONT

QUESTION: Publications like “Chinese herb paired with iron kills 98 percent of breast cancer cells in 16-hours” and others cause us to ask questions regarding iron and artemisia compounds (ART) used in cancer. The most common form of the question is: “A cancer patient of mine forwarded this article to me about artemisia, iron and cancer, …

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My doctor said my Iron is fine, is it?

Most people are aware that anemia and low iron can cause fatigue and other problems. Often when assessing anemia and iron status the full picture is not considered. How this system works and what needs to be looked into to be sure iron is not part of the fatigue picture will be discussed.  

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