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My dad had prostate cancer 15 years ago. Recently the doctor

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My dad had prostate cancer 15 years ago. Recently the doctor found more cancer - he just finished a course of radiation and a Lipton injection. He is 77. Just two weeks ago he was diagnosed as anemic and has been feeling lousy. Should I be concerned? Is the anemia and prostate cancer related.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. German replied 5 years ago.
Welcome and thanks for your question , patients who are being treated for prostate cancer could experience fatigue or feel extremely lousy after treatment , that is common and is product of the course of radiation he just received .
In most cases , as the days passed , he will begin to feel better .
The prostate cancer on itself does not cause anemia .
However , it has been probed that chemo or radiotherapy treatment could affect your red blood cell count producing anemia . The main reason for this is that chemotherapy or radiotherapy main purpose is to kill and destroy the cancerous cells . In this therapeutic process , they could also affect or kill other cells including the red blood cells .
Most patients with prostate cancer receive treatment for some period of time with intervals when they do not receive treatment . As consequence , their bodies will usually have time to recover once again and their hemoglobin and red blood cell will increase until they reach normal levels. During that process, his doctor will need to monitor him .
However , he should be treated because increasing his hemoglobin levels will increase his chances of recovery , the radiotherapy will be more effective if his hemoglobin is within normal levels , he will feel better and overall it will improve his quality of life .
There is no need to be over concerned ,but the anemia should be treated .
If he experiences additional symptoms like breathing difficulty , dizziness or chest pain , you must take him to the emergency immediately.
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