thanks for the reply and article from Dr. Lacouture. He mentions simple blood testing for iron storing abnormalities which could affect hair loss. Do you know what to test for specifically? Ferritin Nurse practitioner is not sure. Thanks?
Yes, a test of ferretin levels would be used to try to rule out other causes of hair loss such as iron-storing deficiencies. Ferretin levels reflect the amount of iron reserves in the body, so if those levels are low that could be a contributing factor in hair loss.
Jul 2008 Wife Liz (51/never smoker) Dx Stage IV NSCLC EGFR exon 19
4 cycles Carbo/alimta, 65% shrinkage
Mar 2010 progression, added Alimta, stable
Sep 2010 multiple brain mets, WBR
Oct 2010 large pericardial effusion, tamponade
Jan 2011 progression, start abraxane
Jun 2011-New liver, brain mets, add Tarceva
Oct 2011-Dx Leptomeningeal carcinomatosis; pulsed Tarceva
At rest Nov 4 2011
Since then: http://cancergrace.org/blog/jim-and-lisa