A new concept for the differential diagnosis and therapy of anaemia in cancer patients

  title={A new concept for the differential diagnosis and therapy of anaemia in cancer patients},
  author={Hans Tilman Steinmetz and Antonis Georg Tsamaloukas and Stephan Schmitz and J{\"o}rg Wiegand and Robert Rohrberg and Jochen Eggert and Friedhelm Breuer and Hans-Werner Tessen and Heidi Eustermann and Lothar Thomas},
  journal={Supportive Care in Cancer},
This study aimed to prove the usefulness of the diagnostic plot, using the haemoglobin content of reticulocytes as a measure of functional iron deficiency (FID) and the ferritin index as a measure of iron availability, to customise anaemia treatment in cancer patients. Based on results of this plot, cancer patients fulfilling practice guideline criteria to receive erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) were allocated to treatment with ESAs alone, iron alone or the combination of both. Primary… CONTINUE READING
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