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What is chemo-induced anemia?

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Dr. Edward Gold
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Bone marrow suppress

Chemotherapy can suppress the function of the bone marrow, whichnisnwherenyou make your blood cells.
This can result in the development of anemia. We sometimes use stimulating agents such as Procrit (epoetin alfa) to overcome this anemia. However, these agents also have potential side effects and must be used carefully. Chemotherapy induced anemia reverses itself once the chemo is finished.

In brief: Bone marrow suppress

Chemotherapy can suppress the function of the bone marrow, whichnisnwherenyou make your blood cells.
This can result in the development of anemia. We sometimes use stimulating agents such as Procrit (epoetin alfa) to overcome this anemia. However, these agents also have potential side effects and must be used carefully. Chemotherapy induced anemia reverses itself once the chemo is finished.
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Dr. Michael Thompson
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: Chemo side effect

Many chemotherapies damage rapidly dividing cells.
This includes cancer cells but can also include "gut" cells (=mucositis), hair, or the pre-cursor cells in the bone marrow that produce cells such as red blood cells (rbc). If the RBC production decreases anemia occurs.

In brief: Chemo side effect

Many chemotherapies damage rapidly dividing cells.
This includes cancer cells but can also include "gut" cells (=mucositis), hair, or the pre-cursor cells in the bone marrow that produce cells such as red blood cells (rbc). If the RBC production decreases anemia occurs.
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