anemia-in-childrenSymptom Management, Palliative Care, or Supportive Care to relieve side-effects is an important part of cancer care and treatment and should always form part of the overall treatment plan.

Anaemia means that there is an abnormally low level of red blood cells and occurs when the body is losing blood, is not making enough blood, or destroys red blood cells. Anaemia is very common in children with cancer, especially in those receiving chemotherapy treatments.

Red blood cells contain haemoglobin, an iron protein that gives red blood cells their characteristic colour; its primary function is to transport oxygen from the lungs to the body tissue all over the body.

When the level of red blood cells is too low, some parts of the body do not get sufficient oxygen and cannot work properly. Anaemia causes most people to feel tired or weak. The fatigue associated with anaemia can lower one’s quality of life and ability to cope with cancer and treatment side effects.

 

Read more about the Effects, Signs and Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment and more regarding Anaemia on our static page, Anaemia

 

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