What is Cancer-Induced Anemia?

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Sarah Handzel, BSN, RN

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Up to 90% of all people with cancer develop cancer-induced anemia. Anemia is a condition in which you don’t have enough normal, healthy red blood cells to provide oxygen to your body. Unfortunately, anemia may already have been present when you were diagnosed with your cancer, or it may develop as a result of your treatment, particularly if you’re having chemotherapy.

If you have anemia, you could be more likely to experience problems, such as shortness of breath or extreme fatigue, which can significantly impact your quality of life. If you’re concerned about anemia or are having symptoms, it’s best to talk with your doctor. He or she can help to determine the cause of your symptoms and recommend treatments to help you feel better.

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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Oct 4, 2017

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