- Lung Cancer Basics
Blood cells are rapidly dividing cells, so chemotherapy can affect them during treatment.
Low red blood cell count (anemia)
A condition called anemia occurs when the number of red blood cells (RBCs) in the body decreases. Red blood cells carry oxygen from the lungs throughout your body, a process that is very important to maintaining a normal energy level. Lung cancer or its treatment may decrease your RBC level and your body tissues may not get enough oxygen.
Symptoms of low blood count:
Practical tips to manage low red blood cell count:
Be sure to inform your doctor if your anemia symptoms continue. Recommendations for treatment such as a blood transfusion may be made. Your doctor may also recommend injections of erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs, see box for more information).