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Forum Name: Miscellaneous Cancer Topics

Question: Hot flashes, hair loss, infections - Cancer or Thyroid?

 ajburrell2002 - Fri Dec 26, 2008 6:29 pm

My name is Alicia. I am a 32 year old Antepartum RN. I have 5 children, the youngest just turning a year old. For the past 4-5 months I have struggled with extreme fatigue, frequent infections, hot flashes, and substantial hair loss. I have increased taking multivitamins and have added B-Vitamins. There is history in my family of breast cancer and Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. I have seen my PCP also for heart palpitations. My EKG was negative. I am scheduled for routine blood work with CBC, CMP, and TSH. Should I be concerned about some form of cancer? Is there a more specific blood work that I should request? Thank you for your time.
 Dr. Tamer Fouad - Sat Dec 27, 2008 11:50 am

User avatar Hi,

I am happy to know that you are following up with your doctor. That is extremely important as there may be simple clinical signs on physical examination that suggest a particular diagnosis.

How is your blood pressure? blood glucose levels? How about weight loss or gain?

Your constellation of symptoms does look more like an underlying metabolic disease (maybe thyroid).

Please keep us updated.

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