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Associated Hematology Studies : Iron overload in leukemia survivors
Red cell transfusions are an important part of supportive cancer therapy. The iron in the transfused blood may build up in the body since the body has no way to get rid of extra iron. Iron tends to build up in the liver and the heart muscle. It is unknown if iron build-up is present many years after completing cancer therapy. It is also not known if extra iron causes harm to internal organs. Doctors want to understand if iron build-up (called “iron overload”) exists in survivors of leukemia. They also want to know if iron overload can cause injury to organs if it is present.
Jane S. Hankins, MD, MS
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