If you have anemia, you are more likely than others to feel tired, short of breath, lightheaded or dizzy, and have pale skin.
A person who is anemic doesn’t have enough red blood cells, which carry oxygen from the lungs to other parts of the body.
The National Cancer Institute says radiation or chemotherapy can trigger anemia. The agency suggests these ways to manage the condition:
- Save your energy and ask friends and family for help when you need it.
- Take short naps during the day, but be aware that too much rest can make you feel weaker.
- Eat and drink well. Speak with your medical team to determine which foods are best for you.