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What are ways to prevent anemia during chemotherapy?

Chemotherapy can cause anemia, a hemoglobin deficiency that can make you feel short of breath, very weak, or tired. To combat anemia, a doctor may:
  • Watch blood levels of hemoglobin
  • Monitor blood levels of iron
  • Check your blood count
  • Prescribe epoetin alfa (Procrit or Epogen) or darbepoetin alfa (Aranesp)
  • Recommend a blood transfusion (minority of cases)
At home, you can try these ways to combat anemia or fatigue:
  • Get plenty of rest. Sleep more at night and take naps during the day if you can.
  • Slow down. Do only the things that are the most important to you.
  • Ask for help. Ask family and friends to pitch in with daily chores.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet, including plenty of calories and protein. If you don't feel like eating, try smaller snacks and juices or a liquid meal replacement. Or try taking a walk before eating or changing your eating location.
  • Take snacks with you and eat when you feel like it.

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