Anemia from Chemotherapy


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Anemia is when your body does not have enough red blood cells. A simple lab test can detect anemia. Red blood cells are needed to carry oxygen from your lungs to the rest of your body. In anemia, your body does not receive enough oxygen. Red blood cells are made in the bone marrow. Conditions that affect the bone marrow can cause anemia, such as certain cancers, chemotherapy or radiation. Many other conditions can also cause anemia.

Common symptoms are feeling tired or weak. Other symptoms include headaches, pale skin, and feeling dizzy or lightheaded. Get immediate medical help if you have problems breathing or chest pain.

Your health care team will create a care plan to manage your anemia. This may include medicine, iron pills, vitamins, a blood transfusion, or other therapy. It is important for you to know when you should report symptoms or other problems. Also, ask if you should eat a diet high in protein and iron, or if you should meet with a dietician.

For best results in dealing with fatigue from anemia, the National Cancer Institute recommends that you try to do the following each day:
- Save your energy by choosing only the most important things to do.
- Sleep for at least 8 hours and take short naps.
- Get a little exercise.
- Drink at least 8 cups of liquids, like water or juice with added water, unless your doctor says otherwise.
- Lastly, accept or ask for help from family or friends with daily tasks.

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