Anemia is a common side effect of chemotherapy. It happens when the body does not have enough red blood cells, which carry oxygen to tissues throughout the body. When there are too few red blood cells, the body's tissues do not get enough oxygen to do their work. This causes a person to feel tired or weak. A blood test can check if a person has anemia.
Call the clinic or hospital if any of these symptoms occur:
- Pounding in the head or ringing in the ears
- Shortness of breath while at rest
What patients can do:
- Conserve energy.
- Rest between activities.
- Get plenty of rest and sleep.
- Rise slowly after lying down, and stay seated for several minutes before standing.
- Nutrition is an important part of cancer treatment and recovery. The Linda B. and Robert B. Wiggins Wellness-Survivorship Center offers Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) patients nutrition counseling with a registered dietitian. Call 801-587-4585 to make an appointment.
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