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Wednesday, December 07, 2011


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Roman Kantor

EPO is wonderful medicine if used properly. The average dosage in my unit is about 6000 units per patient and week. Most of the patients receive intravenous iron. Average hemoglobin is about 10,8. I don´t believe cancer risk is increased in my patients by this amount of erythropoetin. But the consuption of EPO is much higher due to historical payments in your country.
Patient with HB over 10.0 has never been treated with EPO, unless he or she suffers from ischemic symptoms.
But I can remember the very poor quality of life in the ancient time, when my patients used to have Hb abouT 7.0 and reapeated transufusions were administered, because EPO was not available.

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