Cancer is a serious disease, which can prove fatal. Therefore, it is important to get cancer treated on time. A person who is suffering from cancer has to face many problems. Along with this, some common problems may also be experienced during cancer treatment. One of these is anemia. Yes, if someone has cancer and experiences symptoms like difficulty in breathing, fatigue and headache, then he may be anemic. Anemia can be a common side effect of cancer treatment. Not only this, in some cases cancer itself is the cause of anemia.In this article you will learn in detail about the relationship between anemia and cancer -

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  1. What Is Anemia?
  2. Relationship Between Anemia And Cancer
  3. Ways To Prevent Anemia In Cancer
  4. How Many People Can Become Anemic From Cancer?
  5. Summary
Doctors for Blood Matters: Understanding How Anemia and Cancer Intersect

Anemia is a disease related to blood. This occurs when enough red blood cells are not produced to supply oxygen to the body. Mild anemia does not cause much trouble, but severe anemia can cause fatigue and headache as well as other symptoms. This anemia can be life threatening.

Anemia may develop gradually in cancer patients. Rapid heartbeat, rapid breathing, difficulty breathing, dizziness, chest pain, swollen hands, pale skin, extreme fatigue can be symptoms of anemia. If someone has cancer and is also experiencing these symptoms, then it is possible that the person may have anemia due to cancer. In this situation there is a need to immediately contact a doctor.

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There is a deep connection between anemia and cancer, because cancer can cause severe anemia symptoms in a person. Apart from this, cancer treatment can also cause anemia. Let us know the relationship between cancer and anemia -

Leukemia And Lymphoma Cancer

Leukemia and lymphoma are cancers that affect the bone marrow. This is where all the blood cells come from. In such a situation, when the bone marrow is affected, the process of formation of red blood cells in the body gets disrupted. In this situation, the production of red blood cells in the body is not sufficient and oxygen is not able to reach other parts of the body. Therefore, leukemia and lymphoma cancers are considered to be the main causes of anemia.

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Gastrointestinal Cancer

Gastrointestinal cancer can also cause anemia. This is stomach cancer. In this cancer, there is excessive bleeding from the patient's body. In such a situation, when too much blood flows, the red blood cells in the body start decreasing rapidly. After this the body is not able to make these cells easily. When there is a decrease in red blood cells, symptoms of anemia start occurring.

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Kidney Cancer

If a person has kidney cancer or is undergoing treatment for kidney cancer, he may become anemic. Actually, the kidney produces a hormone, which triggers the bone marrow to produce red blood cells. In such a situation, when sufficient red blood cells are not produced, symptoms of anemia may be felt.

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Breast and Prostate Cancer

If a person has breast or prostate cancer, he may also be more likely to suffer from anemia. Actually, breast and prostate cancer cells can reach the bone marrow. In this condition the red blood cells produced by the bone marrow may be affected. In case of breast and prostate cancer, the production of red blood cells may decrease, due to which symptoms of anemia may be felt.

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Cancer Treatment

Not only the disease cancer, but its treatment can also become a cause of anemia. Chemotherapy and radiation are done during cancer. Both of these can cause symptoms of anemia. Actually, chemotherapy and radiation are not able to differentiate between cancer cells and red blood cells.

In such a situation, during chemotherapy and radiation, all types of cells start getting destroyed, due to which the person may feel tired and weak. Along with this, the appetite of patients also reduces during cancer treatment. In such a situation, he does not get an adequate amount of vitamins and minerals, which can cause anemia.

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If a person is suffering from cancer, there is a possibility of him having anemia. In such a situation, to avoid this condition, a cancer patient must pay attention to the following things -

  • In case of anemia due to blood cancer, blood transfusion can be given to the patient to increase the number of red blood cells.
  • If someone has anemia due to bleeding in gastrointestinal cancer, then iron therapy can be given to the patient for this. Also, iron rich foods can be given.
  • Folic acid and vitamin B12 supplements can also be taken to treat anemia.
  • It is very important for cancer patients to get anemia treated, because unless anemia is cured, cancer treatment takes longer and the severity may increase.

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According to the National Anemia Action Council, almost all cancer patients taking chemotherapy can experience mild or severe symptoms of anemia. Symptoms of anemia may be seen in approximately 80 percent of cancer patients.

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Due to anemia, a person's entire daily routine can be affected. Therefore, whatever the cause, it is important to get anemia treated. People who are severely anemic are unable to get their cancer treated on time. Apart from this, chemotherapy and radiation do not give proper results in some cancers and people with anemia. If someone has cancer, then it is important to avoid anemia during this time, because anemia can affect the treatment of cancer. Therefore, if symptoms of anemia are felt during cancer, the doctor must be informed.

Dr. Akash Dhuru

Dr. Akash Dhuru

Oncology
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Dr. Anil Heroor

Oncology
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Dr. Kumar Gubbala

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