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Iron deficiency

jintiejintie MelbourneMember Posts: 104
Hi all,

has anyone had an iron deficiency post chemo/radio and whilst on hormones treatment. I have not had my period in over 12 months (I’m 42) and find it strange to have mild iron deficiency... especially when my diet has not changed.
GP wants me to take iron tablets for 2 months.  Oncologist wants to see me...



  • primekprimek Broken HillMember Posts: 5,393
    @SoldierCrab has had ongoing iron deficiency since her chemo some 6 years ago I believe.
  • SoldierCrabSoldierCrab Bathurst NSW Member Posts: 3,288
    hi Chev, 
    I have a good diet and I am now 59 I had no issues with low iron prior to treatment but now need infusions approximately 6 monthly since treatment I just dont seem to keep Iron stores. 

  • Blossom1961Blossom1961 Regional VictoriaMember Posts: 1,672
    Chemo is weird. I have always had problems with my iron stores. Almost non existent. Since my chemo regime, my iron store levels are really good. 
  • NefertariNefertari Member Posts: 288
    I barely eat meat but my iron levels are good.

    Since chemo my liver function is better than before  I had it? Ive lost a lot of weight and cut sugar out, so maybe that helped.

    My problem seems to be a Vitamin B defiency, so I now take a supplement.  What can you do for a Vitamin D deficiency??
    as they told me not to expose myself to too much sun.  Any foods rich in Vit D?
  • AfraserAfraser MelbourneMember Posts: 3,142
    Vitamin D capsules are the easy way! Otherwise most fishy things are good - fish, cod liver oil, caviar! 
  • NefertariNefertari Member Posts: 288
    Thanks Afraser, eat loads of fish. I don't think I can stomach cod liver oil or caviar    :dizzy:
  • AfraserAfraser MelbourneMember Posts: 3,142
    Luckily I love caviar (well no, sturgeon roe, can’t afford real caviar!) and fish oil I take as capsules. My vitamin D level was not good in spite of regularly eating fish when I was first diagnosed so I had to get it raised pronto before chemo. Happily it has stayed good. 
  • Blossom1961Blossom1961 Regional VictoriaMember Posts: 1,672
    My BC nurse told me we only need about ten minutes of sun daily in order to get our Vit D quota. She said this will not be a problem for me to do. Not sure if that amount of time is true. The more skin you expose, the more vit D that gets through. Might be worth googling this one.
  • iserbrowniserbrown Regional VictoriaMember Posts: 4,269
    Hope you find this link helpful


    Copy and paste from the link above

    Summary of sun exposure recommended for bone health Skin type Summer Winter (depends on latitude) Moderately fair skin How long? 5-10 minutes, most days 7-30 minutes (depending on latitude), 
  • NefertariNefertari Member Posts: 288
    Yes very helpful link thank you!
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