A 33-year-old member asked:
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could you tell me what happens to red blood cells during leukemia?

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Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
In leukemia: The bad cells "crowd out" the healthy cells, including those that produce red blood cells. Many leukemia patients develop severe anemia, and this worsens when the treatment includes strong chemotherapy.
Answered on Apr 18, 2013

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