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 Anaemia (spelt anemia in American English) is common in palliative care patients. In this context, it is often caused by chronic inflammation (chronic disease), although iron deficiency from blood loss and bone marrow failure from malignant infiltration are also quite common problems. It is often hard to differentiate symptoms of anaemia from symptoms of advanced cancer and this makes decisions regarding treating anaemia more difficult. Given that treatment of profound anaemia (e.g. with a blood transfusion) can bring about a significant improvement in symptoms and quality of life, it is always worth considering treatment in such patients if they are not imminently dying. Anaemia (spelt anemia in American English) is common in palliative care patients. In this context, it is often caused by chronic inflammation (chronic disease), although iron deficiency from blood loss and bone marrow failure from malignant infiltration are also quite common problems. It is often hard to differentiate symptoms of anaemia from symptoms of advanced cancer and this makes decisions regarding treating anaemia more difficult. Given that treatment of profound anaemia (e.g. with a blood transfusion) can bring about a significant improvement in symptoms and quality of life, it is always worth considering treatment in such patients if they are not imminently dying.
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