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Cancer patients with anemia have lower numbers of red blood cells than normal. Red blood cells carry oxygen from the lungs to other parts of the body. Red blood cells develop in the bone marrow, which lies in the center of the bones.
Anemia may be caused by:
Signs and symptoms of anemia include:
The doctor will get your child’s medical history, do a physical exam , and order laboratory tests like a complete blood count test (CBC). The CBC is a common way of diagnosing anemia and measures:
Your child may have :
The doctor will compare your child’s test results with those from normal, healthy children and discuss them with you. Your doctor may order more tests to determine the type of anemia and its cause.
Your child’s treatment will depend on what is causing their anemia, and may Treatment may include:
Balance rest with activity. Try takingYou child can take short naps during the day balanced with some physical activitbalanced with some physical activity during the day. Keep in mind thatToo too much bed rest can make people your child feel weak.
Sleep Make sure your child gets the recommendedright amount of sleep time each day (including naps.):
Talk to the care team about your child's diet. Healthy foods and drinks will help provide nutrients.
Reviewed: September 2022