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Suggestions for Dealing With Chemotherapy-Induced Anemia

There are many things that you can do if you experience anemia during chemotherapy. Some suggestions include:
 
  • Getting plenty of rest. Sleep more at night and take naps during the day if you can.
     
  • Limiting your activities. Do only the things that are essential or most important to you. Try easier or shorter versions of activities you enjoy.
     
  • Asking for help when you need it. Ask family and friends to pitch in with things like childcare, shopping, housework, or driving.
     
  • Taking short walks or doing light exercise if possible. You may find this helps with fatigue.
     
  • Eating a well-balanced diet and drinking plenty of fluids. Eat small amounts at a time, if that is helpful.
     
  • Getting up slowly from sitting positions. When lying down, sit first, and then stand. This will help prevent dizziness.
     
  • Joining a support group. Sharing your feelings with others can ease the burden of fatigue. You can learn how others deal with their fatigue. Your healthcare provider can put you in touch with a support group in your area.
     
  • Limiting the amount of caffeine and alcohol you drink.
     
  • Keeping a diary of how you feel each day. This will help you plan your daily activities.
     
  • Reporting any changes in your energy level to your healthcare provider or nurse.
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