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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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Low sodium and blood count with bloating, diarrhea and vomitting. Radiation therapy for anal cancer. Why is this happening?

my mom just finished her cem/ radiation regimine for anal cancer. The 1st round of chemo went ok, this last one was horrendous. She was admitted to hospital 5 days ago for extremely low sodium,and blood counts. She had had severe diahrea for days prior to her oncologist admitting her. Levels are slowly coming up. However, bloating,diarrea , & vomiting today, whats up??
Fri, 6 Dec 2013
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Anti cancer medications have lots of gastric side effects. Vomiting can be taken care of dexamethasone and ondensetron. Ask your doctor if she has been prescribed these. Her low blood counts are a worry, enquire if she has been prescribed count elevating meds like filgrastim.
It is extremely important to keep in touch with your oncologist while on chemo.
Hope that help. Wishing for her early recovery.
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