Erythropoietin increases hemoglobin in cancer patients during radiation therapy.

  title={Erythropoietin increases hemoglobin in cancer patients during radiation therapy.},
  author={Robert S. Lavey and W H Dempsey},
  journal={International journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics},
  volume={27 5},
PURPOSE The hemoglobin (Hgb) level of patients during radiation therapy is associated with both survival and local tumor control in several organ sites. This clinical trial tested whether administering recombinant human erythropoietin (r-HuEPO) to cancer patients would increase their Hgb level during the course of radiation therapy without adverse effects. METHODS AND MATERIALS The 40 participating patients had a Hgb value < 13.5 g/dL and a malignant tumor located above the diaphragm without… CONTINUE READING


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