Though guidelines suggest screening starts at 50, researcher says it's premature to change them
by Hope2011 on Tue Jul 12, 2011 05:37 PM
My father is recently diagnosed with MDS-RAEB-II AML. Because of his age (70s), his doctor does not prescribe chemo or radiotherapy as it would be too harsh for him (don't know if that is the right decision). His hemoglobin (Hb) level is very low (~5) as body is not able to make any due to leukemia. He has been taking blood transfusion to bring Hb level up, 2 blood every two weeks, after which it goes up to 7 or so and then comes down to 5 every two weeks. Anyone with similar experience? I want to know what to expect. What would happen if we don't get enough blood for continuous transfusion (which is a problem at the moment). He also has some prostate problem for which another doctor suggested a minor surgery, but they are debating on that due to his leukemia. Any suggestion? I would appreciate if anyone with similar experience can share their experience.
Thank you and God bless.
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