Anemia is an abnormally low level of red blood cells and can occur if the body does not create enough blood, has lost blood, or is destroying red blood cells. Cancer anemia is common among patients with cancer, especially with those receiving chemotherapy. With decreased levels of red bloods cells, the body does not get enough oxygen, making the individual feel fatigued and weak. Anemia-induced fatigue frequently decreases quality of life and ability to cope with cancer and treatments. Causes of cancer anemia include chemotherapy (which can damage bone marrow, preventing it from making enough red blood cells), cancers that affect the bone marrow directly (leukemia, lymphoma, etc.), radiation, and vomiting/lack of appetite that prevents the body from maintaining the nutrients it needs to increase red blood cell counts. Treatments for cancer anemia target the cause of the lower levels of red blood cells. Transfusions of red blood cells are common, but if chemotherapy is causing the anemia, medications such as epoetin alpha may be prescribed to stimulate bone marrow to make more red blood cells. Additionally, vitamins may be taken to help with anemia side effects.
Cancer Anemia Bioinformatics Tool
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