Understanding Anemia (During Chemotherapy)
Chemotherapy can reduce the number of red blood cells in your body. When you have too few of these cells, anemia can result. Anemia has many symptoms. Talk to your health care provider if you have any of the signs listed here. You may need treatment.
What is anemia?
Anemia occurs when your blood does not have enough red cells in it. So, anemic blood can’t carry as much oxygen as normal blood. As a result, your body is running on too little fuel. Red blood cells make up 36% to 40% of normal blood. If you have anemia, your red cell count (hematocrit) is below normal.
Signs to watch for
Shortness of breath
Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
Constant feeling of being cold
March 21, 2017
Fetterman, Anne, RN, BSN,Image reviewed by StayWell medical illustration team.,LoCicero, Richard, MD