Cancer and anemia

Cancer patients’ red blood cells wear out faster than normal causing anemia, especially if you are undergoing treatment.  New red blood cells are produced as fast as possible but the cancer can slow down your body’s ability to make new cells or to store Iron.  Cancers most closely associated with anemia are:  leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.  Other cancers that spead to the bone will also make you anemic.  Blood loss from gastronintestinal, urinary tract, male genital, head & neck and cervical and vaginal cancers can cause anemia.  (1)


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