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How does anemia cause cancer-related fatigue?

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Cancer treatments can cause reduced blood counts, which may lead to anemia, a blood disorder that occurs when there is not enough hemoglobin in the blood. Hemoglobin is a substance in the red blood cells that enables the blood to transport oxygen through the body. When the blood can't transport enough oxygen to the body, fatigue can result.

From: Cancer-Related Fatigue WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCE: National Cancer Institute.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on January 22, 2017

SOURCE: National Cancer Institute.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on January 22, 2017

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