Anemia is defined as the condition in which the number of red blood cells is low.
Chemotherapy lowers your red blood cells and can make you anemic. Anemia is a common side effect of chemotherapy. It’s a good idea to be aware of common symptoms.
Symptoms of anemia include:
- Extreme tiredness, fatigue
- Lack of energy
- Rapid heartbeat
- Inability to concentrate
- Shortness of breath
During my treatments, I became anemic. I was feeling especially tired and became pale. My doctor told me I had to have a blood transfusion. I was not happy about this, I was actually scared. The blood transfusion was an all day event, but within 3-4 days I started to feel better and I had more energy.
If you are experiencing any symptoms listed above, tell your doctor.
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