Chemotherapy can cause you to have too few red blood cells (ANEMIA). As a result, your tissues don’t get as much oxygen, and you can become extremely tired (fatigue).

Fatigue can have other causes besides chemotherapy in people with cancer — in fact, up to 96 percent of people with cancer will experience fatigue, especially during and just after cancer treatment.

Your doctor may treat anemia with medications or a blood transfusion. Exercise may be good for improving fatigue, if your doctor thinks it’s OK. Even 15 minutes a day may help. If you must take naps during the day, keep them short. Pace yourself and try not to take on too many responsibilities. Reserve your energy for the most important needs, and be sure to ask others for help.

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