Pernicious Anemia


i am about to have my 5th cycle of Docetaxel and Carboplatin, plus Phesgo injection  

Last cycle I had pernicious anemia, which is a bit worse this cycle   Last cycle he gave me a B12 injection plus a tablet of folate and a sachet of magnesium daily.  He is doing the same on this cycle and probably the next cycle (the next cycle is my last one).  I might need a blood transfusion but he is hoping not to have to do this as he is reducing the carboplatin which should help.

My question is “is there anything I can eat to help the pernicious anemia”?

Thanks in advance  

Kathryn x

Hello Kathryn 

Thank you for your post.  

It’s understandable you have questions about pernicious anaemia as a result of your cancer treatment.  

Pernicious anaemia is a type of vitamin B12 anaemia so making sure your diet has a good intake of Vitamin B12 and Folate is important. In the link above you’ll see that vitamin B12 is found in meat and fish and dairy products and .folate is found in foods such as broccoli, brussel sprouts, asparagus, peas, chickpeas and brown rice. So you might want to look at adding or increasing these in your diet.  

You might find it helpful to look at our booklet Diet and Breast Cancer for some general advice on maintaining a healthy balanced diet during breast cancer treatment.  

The Living Well with Cancer organisation Penny Brohn also has some useful information about diet and cancer treatment alongside many recipe suggestions.   

Macmillan Cancer Support also produce a booklet called The Building Up Diet.  Although this is designed for people who are experiencing weight loss it has some good suggestions on how to ensure you are including all the main food groups in your diet. This can help with your overall health after your cancer treatment is finished.  

You could also ask your breast cancer team or specialist nurse if you could be referred to a dietician for further information.  

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